Experience New Zealand's Great Walk by canoe. Paddle 22km downstream on the upper reaches of the Whanganui River on this unguided part of the tour and travel through bush-clad hills, see waterfalls, spectacular sheer gorges and over small bouncy rapids from Cherry Grove to Ohinepane. See the remains of the rock weirs made over 100 years ago. Hop onto the Rail Carts the following day for an adventure by rail into the Forgotten World from Okahukura station, through 10 Tunnels (including the longest tunnel at 1.5km) to Tokirima. Prepare to marvel at the determination and hardship that was endured as you travel 40km by Rail Cart into the Forgotten World through 10 hand dug tunnels and over 25 bridges. Enjoy a lovely Ploughman's lunch in Tokirima and stop over at Lauren's Lavender Farm on your return to Taumarunui.
Arrive at Forgotten World Motel in Taumarunui where you will be shuttled with your canoe to Cherry Grove. There you will receive a safety briefing by our experienced guides and set off on your unguided canoe trip down the magnificent Whanganui River.
Canoe 22km downstream on the upper reaches of the Whanganui River and travel through bush-clad hills, see waterfalls, spectacular sheer gorges and over small bouncy rapids from Cherry Grove to Ohinepane.See the remains of rock weirs made over 100 years ago.
You can opt for a stop over at Lauren's Lavender Farm for a cup of coffee or a browse in the gift shop.
End off at Ohinepane and board your return shuttle to Taumarunui.
Spend the night at Forgotten World Motel (not included in the standard deal, but can be booked as an optional extra)
Set off down the line along 40km of the Forgotten World Railway. Travel through 10 tunnels, including the longest tunnel (1.5km), and marvel at the beautiful handbuilt brick tunnels. Enjoy cruising through stunning hill country farms and native bush.
A lovely ploughman's lunch and our fabulous home baking will be waiting your arrival at Tokirima, after which you will board your return shuttle. On your return journey you'll get to visit Lauren's Lavender Farm, which was placed second in the Top 10 Lavender Farms in New Zealand. Here you can breathe in the relaxing aromas of the lavender fields next to the Whanganui River and browse the gift shop with all the wonderful lavender products. Board the shuttle to return to the Forgotten World Motel.
On booking you have the option of swopping the order of the days as well.