Unplugged yet still 'on the line' as you travel the entire 142km from Okahukura to Stratford or Stratford to Okahukura with an overnight stay (additional to tour - see details below) in Whangamomona. You'll go through all 24 tunnels, cross all 98 bridges and see the remnants of the original settlements along the line. The history of this unique landscape will resonate as you absorb the stories and relive the memories of New Zealand's pioneering past with this two-day journey back in time. The ultimate 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
Discover the characteristic Republic of Whangamomona and stay overnight in the Republc
142km Rail Cart Journey
Knowledgeable local guide
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
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 and-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. Overnight accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.
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
Overnight accommodation in Whangamomona is NOT included, please book separately.
Transport Options (return Transport not included):
Same day return shuttle (Stratford-Taumarunui, or reverse) – approx. 3 hours
Vehicle relocation service – not available for rental vehicles
Onward travel via public transport from Taumarunui or Stratford