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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.


  • Connect with the Spirit of the Whanganui River
  • Emerge yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings
  • Stopover at Lauren's Lavender Farm
  • Experience 10 Tunnels on the Forgotten World Railway by Rail Cart


  • Guided 10 Tunnel Rail Cart Tour
  • Return shuttles
  • Canoe hire
  • The canoe part of the tour is unguided

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Spend the night at the Forgotten World Motel.  Either book your accommodation here or contact our team by phone or email bookings@fwa.co.nz