0800 7245 2278 Book now

The Epic travels across wide expanses of rugged countryside and native bush, over 47 bridges and through 20 tunnels before arriving in New Zealand’s only self-proclaimed republic – Whangamomona.  After spending the night, continue through the remaining tunnels on the SOL rail line and 18 more bridge on the way to Stratford. From here a shuttle takes you to Whanganui for your next overnight stay at the 151 London Motel. 

On Day 3 you will travel up the Whanganui River Road in a tourist operated mail run. You will be treated to morning tea at the Matahiwi Gallery, after which you will travel to Pipiriki - a settlement on the eastern bank of the stunning Whanganui River - from here you two day jet boat journey up the Whanganui River begins.

In addition to the breathtaking landscape of the Whanganui River, the highlights of the last two days of your tour will be the short walk into your lunch stop on the Bridge to Nowhere, a night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast at the Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro. Located on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, the Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Getting off the grid and out into the New Zealand bush to experience real station life is a highlight you don’t want to miss.  Blue Duck Station has one of the highest concentrations of whio and kiwi in New Zealand not to mention wetas, native bats and fish. To help increase numbers of these and other native species, they are improving the habitat by encouraging bush to regenerate, enhancing water quality and trapping predators. It is as recognition of this work that Blue Duck Station has been granted three Ballance Farm Environment Awards and a Department of Conservation Services to Conservation Award.

On Day 4, you will continue your jet boat travel to the far upper reaches of the Whanganui River where you will enjoy lunch at Lauren's Lavender Farm for lunch before arriving back in Taumarunui to conclude your Epic Adventures. 

This trip is limited to 60 seats throughout the season. All accommodation and specified meals are included. Minimum numbers apply*

Download PDF Itinerary


  • Fully guided Rail Cart and Jet Boat tour
  • 142km Rail Cart Journey
  • Jet Boat up the entire length of the Whanganui River
  • Visit the Bridge to Nowhere
  • Lunch at Lauren’s Lavender Farm
  • Morning tea at Matahiwi Gallery in Whanganui





  • Three nights' accommodation, incl The Republic of Whangamomona, 151 London Motel in Whanganui and The Blue Duck Lodge
  • Specified meals
  • 142km Rail Cart Journey over 2 days
  • 2 days Jet Boating up Whanganui River
  • Bridge to Nowhere
  • Lauren's Lavender Farm
  • Shuttle from Stratford to Whanganui
  • Local knowledgable guide


The Epic

* Minimum Numbers

The Epic 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.

Your Options:

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.

Add to Your Experience