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Journey back in time through stunning hill country farms and native bush. Hear stories of the rail workers, as you travel the Forgotten World aboard a self driven Rail Cart. This 3.5 hour return journey includes a stop with delicious home baking and drinks at the historical village of Matiere.

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  • Journey through the Forgotten World

  • Breathtaking landscapes steeped in history and stories

  • Experience the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km and other beautiful hand-built brick tunnels

  • Half day tour suitable for all ages (drivers must be 16 years or over)

  • Operates all year round, a great half day or winter tour option


  • 32km Rail Cart journey
  • Knowledgeable Local Guide
  • Shuttle transfers between Taumarunui and the Forgotten World
  • Home baking & tea stop at the historical village of Matiere


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