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Our iconic full-day rail cart adventure to the unique republic of Whangamomona.

Journey 82km along the line through breathtaking scenery and 20 hand-built tunnels. Traverse impressive bridges and pass through forgotten townships before pulling into the self-proclaimed Republic. Visit the Whangamomona Hotel, one of New Zealand's most historic hotels and the embodiment of the community's rich and quirky history.

DEPARTS: 7.30AM FROM TAUMARUNUI, DIRECTION CAN BE REVERSED (ie. you can depart from Whangamomona and do the trip in reverse to Taumarunui). 9AM DEPARTURE FROM WHANGAMOMONA IF DOING TRIP IN REVERSE.

DURATION: 8 hours

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  • Unique 82km rail cart journey
  • Travel between Okahukura and Whangamōmona
  • Jaw-dropping scenery steeped in fascinating history
  • Pristine native bush and open hill countryside
  • Storytelling at Matiere, Ōhura, Tokirima, Haeo and Tāngarākau
  • Travel through 21 of the line's 24 hand-built tunnels including the longest at 1.5km
  • Traverse many of the line's impressive man-made bridges
  • Historical and cultural commentary from expert local guide
  • Venture through the Tangarakau Gorge

  • Visit the Whangamomona Republic and the historic hotel

  • Magnificent views of Mount Ruapehu on a clear day



  • Unique 82km rail cart journey

  • Expert local guide

  • Stops at Matiere, Ōhura, Tokirima, Haeo and Tangarakau
  • Morning and afternoon tea

  • Home-baked snacks
  • Rail-side picnic lunch with hot/cold beverages at Tokirima

  • Shuttle transfers to/from Okahukura
  • Shuttle transfers to/from Whangamōmona


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