This two day adventure, explores the Forgotten Highway, the Whanganui River and the Whanganui National Park, with and overnight stay in the Republic of Whangamomona. Experience the Forgotten World from every angle, joining us on the Rail, River, Helicopter & Trails to truly embrace the magic of this spectacular region to its fullest.
Minimum numbers apply*
Please note that a good level of fitness is required to complete the approximate 6km bush walk. This terrain can be slippery at times, therefore appropriate shoes with a good grip should be worn.
Experience the highlights of the Rail Carts on a 20 Tunnel Tour
Scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular Whanganui National Park
Jet Boat tour of the Whanganui River
Discover the iconic Bridge to Nowhere
Overnight stay in the Republic of Whangamomona
Rail Cart journey, helicopter flight and Jet Boat tour
Knowledgeable local guides
Morning tea, home baking and lunches both days
Evening meal and breakfast at the Whangamomona Hotel
Overnight accommodation in the Republic of Whangamomona
Return transfer of your overnight luggage
Shuttles to tour start and end points, Taumarunui
Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a short shuttle bus to the start of the line at Okahukura. Board your Rail Cart and spend a full day exploring the Okahukura-Stratford line on the 20 Tunnel tour.
Stop along the way to hear stories from your guide of the land, its people and history. Travel over bridges and through hand-built brick tunnels, including the lines longest tunnel at 1.5km, and journey through the Tangarakau Gorge.
Enjoy morning and afternoon tea stops at historic settlements of Matiere and Tangarakau, and a Ploughman’s lunch at Tokirima.
Arrive in the Republic of Whangamomona, explore the area and its charismatic pub, then enjoy dinner and an overnight stay (included).
Wake up in the Republic, enjoy your breakfast, then start your adventure with a scenic helicopter flight taking in the spectacular views of the Whanganui National Park.
Land in the Mangaparua Valley and take a 2.5km native forest walk down to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere. Continue your National Park walk another 2.5km on to the Whanganui River where you will board your Jet Boat.
As you Jet Boat the river, learn stories of the people who lived in this remote part of the world, and explore historical and cultural sights including Tamatea’s Cave, Kirikiriroa Marae site and Tarei Po Kiore Whirlpool. Enjoy a lunch stop at John Coull Hut as you Jet Boat the Whanganui River back to Taumarunui.
"A fantastic Expedition
This two day package was awesome - the 20 tunnel rail cart trip day one, overnight stay at Whangamomona Hotel, followed day two by an exhilarating helicopter flight into Whanganui National Park, short but scenic hike to the Bridge to Nowhere to link up with the jet boat for an informative and fun-filled journey back to Taumaranui.
Full marks to Whangamomona hotel staff, FWA guide, Michelle and jet boat drivers Robert and Alan."
Debbie J, October 2018, TripAdvisor
The Expedition Tour requires a minimum number of full fare adults to cover minimum operating costs. Should we not have enough passengers to run, we hold the right to cancel the tour. Notification will be give 1 month (30 days) before Tour departure if we are unable to depart and we will look for alternatives for you.
a) We will change your booking date/time to the next available and confirmed departure for the tour you want.
b) Cancel your trip and be fully refunded after notice of cancellation has been given.
Book your stay at the Forgotten World Motel before and/ or after your tour - contact our booking team or make your own booking online here.