Unplugged yet still on the line as you travel the entire Forgotten World Railway on this two-day Rail Cart adventure from Taumarunui to Stratford (or reverse). See the remnants of the original settlements along the line. Travel through coal country, farmlands, over bridges, through hand-built tunnels and past once-thriving towns that time seems to have forgotten. Stay over in the Republic of Whangamomona’s iconic hotel. Listen to the stories and relive the memories of New Zealand’s pioneering past. The ultimate Rail Cart experience.
Explore the full 142km length of the Okahukura-Stratford Line
Travel through all 24 tunnels, cross all 98 bridges and see the remnants of the original settlements along the line
2 days of full immersion in the scenery, stories and history of the Forgotten World
142km Rail Cart Journey - the full length of the SOL line
Knowledgeable local guides
Morning & Afternoon tea on both days - includes home baking & snacks
Local transfers to/ from start and end points (return transport not included)
Transfers of your overnight luggage
*Prices quoted are based on twin share, single supplement may apply
Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a shuttle bus to the start of the line at Okahukura. Here you’ll board your Rail Cart and set off on your journey through the Forgotten World. Immerse yourself in the changing views of rolling hills, remote farmland and native bush, and experience wildlife close to the tracks.
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. Get booked into your accommodation and enjoy dinner bed and breakfast in this iconic New Zealand town.
Depart Whangamomona and continue your journey to Stratford. Discover ever-changing vistas as you learn about the history of the area and the stories of the settlers. See redwood plantations, pine forest and deer farms and get up close and personal with local wildlife in sheep and beef country.
Stop for morning tea and home baking at TeWera Station siding, and visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce.
Enjoy lunch at Douglas Station, then continue your journey and marvel at the spectacular Mt Taranaki dominating the skyline. Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River, and discover Taranaki dairy farmland. Arrive at Victoria Road in Stratford about 3pm ready for your onward travel or take the same day return shuttle to Taumarunui (additional cost)
This tour also operates in reverse (Stratford to Whangamomona to Taumarunui)
"A Great Experience, Absolutely Loved It.
Did the 2 day "Ultimate" from Taumarunui to Stratford in November, 2019. Our guide Luke was exceptional, the countryside stunning, the fellow travelers great company, and the Whangamomona Hotel a fantastic experience. Stayed at the Forgotten World Motel in Taumarunui, and used the shuttle transfer back from Stratford. Great people, beautiful country, highly recommended."
A285H, TripAdvisor December 2019
Transport Options (return Transport not included):
Same day return shuttle (Stratford-Taumarunui, or reverse) – approx. 3 hours
Vehicle relocation service – One of our qualified drivers will drive your car to meet you at your destination (not available for rental vehicles)
Onward travel via public transport from Taumarunui or Stratford