The perfect half-day rail and river combo including scenic Whanganui River jet boat ride.
This is the ideal experience for those wishing to discover the Forgotten World by land and from the water, learning about the region's special cultural and pioneering heritage whilst kicking back and enjoying the scenery. Travel along 40km of the Forgotten Railway and 23km of the majestic Whanganui River.
This experience departs from Taumarunui only (Forgotten World Adventures' base at Forgotten World Motel). The direction cannot be reversed as with some of our other experiences.
DEPARTS: 7.30AM OR 10.30AM FROM TAUMARUNUI
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Explore the Okahukura-Stratford line by rail cart, including the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km
Discover the stunning scenery of the Whanganui River by jet boat and travel past Herlihy’s Bluff
Learn stories of the early pioneers of the Forgotten World
Enjoy the up close encounters with wildlife and birds
Half-day adventure with all transfers, rail-side food & drinks included
40km rail cart journey
23km jet boat ride
Knowledgeable local jet boat & rail cart guides
Shuttle transfers to start and finish & shuttles between rail & river
Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a short 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, as you travel through tunnels and over bridges.
Stop at Tokirima Station and enjoy a rail-side picnic lunch between your adventures before taking the shuttle to the Ohinepane Landing on the Whanganui River.
In the afternoon embark on an informative Jet Boat journey on the Whanganui river and take in the awe-inspiring scenery. Leave the river at Cherry Grove for your return transfer back to our finishing point, the Forgotten World Motel.
Option to do the trip in reverse, with a 10.30am departure. Start with the Jet Boat and return by Rail Cart.
"A fantastic Must Do day"
This trip was a long held dream, to see NZ's own back yard and it delivered. The jet boat ride to kick off was fabulous. stopping here and there on the river for a bit of information from our skipper, after a safety briefing before going onto the river. Our two female bus drivers were competent, engaging and friendly, as were ALL of the staff, I could not find one fault with this trip, from start to finish...I learnt things about our history I never knew.,,If you want to see the real NZ countryside, learn a bit about NZ you didn't know (even if you are a born and bred Kiwi like myself) you must do this. I have travelled around the world and this trip was a standout amongst anything overseas has to offer. (5-star review, Trip Advisor Jan 2024)
"Something different in NZ that is extremely well run"
Had a great time on the rail & river activity, something different to do in NZ. Very friendly staff & guides that couldn't do enough for you" (5 star review, 2023)
"Priceless, absolutely recommend the River and Rail trip"
"You guys are the best. From a hearty breakfast to start our half day River and Rail experience, to the friendly staff who kept us informed all the way through our journey, to the stops where your guide explained the history of the places/tunnels/tracks, to the yummy morning tea, and lunch in quite simply one of the most peaceful places I've been in NZ. And to finish off with a trip on the river. Priceless. Absolute recommend this journey"
Book your stay at the Forgotten World Motel before and/ or after your tour - contact our booking team or make your own booking online here.