A two-day rail cart adventure including spectacular helicopter flight and jet boat ride.
Ride the rails through 20 hand-built tunnels to the Republic of Whangamomona, helicopter over the Whanganui National Park, enjoy a guided bush walk to the Bridge to Nowhere and journey back up the majestic Whanganui River on the longest commercial jet boat ride in the Southern Hemisphere.
Minimum numbers apply*
Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required to complete the approximate 6km bushwalk. Although this is a well-formed track, it can be slippery at times, therefore appropriate shoes with a good grip should be worn.
DEPARTS: 7.30AM FROM TAUMARUNUI
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82km rail cart journey through 20 of the line's hand-built tunnels
Scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular Whanganui National Park
110km jet boat ride along the Whanganui River - longest commercial jet boat ride in Southern Hemisphere
Guided 6km bush walk to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere
Overnight stay in the Republic of Whangamomona
Rail cart journey, helicopter flight and jet boat ride
Knowledgeable local guides
Morning tea, homebaking and lunches both days
Evening meal and breakfast at the Whangamomona Hotel
Overnight accommodation in the Republic of Whangamomona at the Whangamonona Hotel
Return transfer of your overnight luggage
Shuttles to tour start and end points, Taumarunui
*Prices quoted are based on twin share, single supplement may apply
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 rail-side picnic 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.
We did the two day Expedition tour. Awesome! a must do. Friendly tour guides, exceptionally well organised. Stayed the Friday night at FWA accommodation. Rail carts were great. Had cover so we're protected from weather. So much local history and knowledge. Ray was so natural and informative. Learnt so much. Delicious home made morning tea and lunch. Stepping back in time. Tunnels are amazing as so old and still standing (built 1910 onwards). We stayed the night at Whangamomona Hotel which was another experience - got the passport stamped as being in a Republic. Sunday morning we departed by helicopter for a scenic trip into the bush. There we began our jetboating. Hours of boating, stop off to walk to the Bridge to Nowhere. Amazing this bridge was built by four men!. Continued on up the river. Ross an amazing host/driver. Highly recommend this excursion.
TrishG, TripAdvisor, 13 March 2022
"A Truly Unique and Engaging Experience"
A super unique and awesome experience! We booked The Expedition package which included 20 tunnels a stay at Whangamomona Hotel then a helicopter and jet boat ride. The scenery was incredible and the whole tour from start to finish was well organised, the staff were knowledgeable and the food was great - especially the home baking! I would highly recommend to anyone."
427aim, TripAdvisor January 2020
The Expedition experience 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 given 1 month (30 days) before 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 experience - contact our booking team or make your own booking online here.