Our most popular tour, this full day experience immerses you in the Forgotten World and its history. Travel through breathtaking landscapes and discover a different vista every time you emerge from a tunnel.
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Travel through the Tangarakau Gorge
Visit the Whangamomona Republic and the historic hotel
Listen to stories of the Forgotten townships of Matiere, Ohura, Tokirima, Haeo,and Tangarakau
Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes steeped in history and stories
Experience the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km and the beautiful hand-built brick tunnels
82km Rail Cart Journey
Knowledgeable Local Guide
Shuttle transfers to/from Okahukura and Whangamomona
Morning and afternoon tea stops with home baking and snacks
Ploughman’s Lunch at Tokirima Station
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.
Discover the Republic of Whangamomona, explore the town and its charismatic pub. Then a return transfer takes you by bus along the Forgotten World Highway, back to Taumarunui.
This tour also runs in reverse.
"New Zealand as it should be seen - unspoiled and relaxed
A superb experience. We did the 20 tunnel trip with one night at the Forgotten Highway Motel before the trip and one at the Whangamomona Hotel at the end. Every minute was special. Fun, informative, and a real walk back in time to a relaxed and simple way of NZ life. We made fabulous new friends and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Rob, our guide was entertaining, knowledgeable and really authentic. His passion for the area was so apparent in the stories he shared. The delicious home baking was a surprise and a real treat - fruit and nut loaf like my grandma used to make, ANZAC biscuits and shortbread, all freshly made. Can highly recommend to NZers as well as overseas tourists. NZ as it should be seen."
576SueK, Auckland, TripAdvisor