Immerse yourself and journey further into a Forgotten World, Seeing the breathtaking landscape of the upper reaches of the mighty Whanganui River on the Forgotten World Jet boat. Venture through white water rapids, take in the spectacular scenery of both rural farmland and the hidden depths of the Whanganui National Park. Learn about the unique history of Maori on the river, the steamboats and the early European settlements and attempts to farm this rugged environment. As we discover natural and human histories unique to this remote and mysterious part of New Zealand. You will leave with unforgettable stories.
Onboard the Ongaruhe, you’ll get a taste for some of the thrills of jet boating, without any of the spills. While our experienced jet boat drivers can pull off a boat spin with ease, we’re more excited about showing you ‘our’ Whanganui River. The boat is also designed to keep you (mostly) dry at higher speeds and during clever manoeuvres.
Ongaruhe has ‘over the bow through windscreen’ boarding, a central aisle which means no clambering over seats, and generous tiered seating enabling all passengers to enjoy the views. She carries up to 15 passengers in comfort, and an intercom lets you easily hear the stories and history of the river from your driver.
Price: $465 per person – Child: $289 pp
Tour Starts: 8:00 am check available dates
Tour Duration: 8 Hours
Your ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ journey departs from the upper most region of the Whanganui River in Taumarunui. Venture through white water rapids, take in the spectacular scenery of both rural farmland and the hidden depths of the Whanganui National Park. Learn about the unique history of the river from early Maori settlement through to the establishment and demise of European farming communities.
Travelling down stream you’ll pass through King Country farmland and bush clad hills into the middle reaches of the Whanganui National Park with it’s deep gorges masked in native bush, fern encased banks, caves and waterfalls. Sometimes skimming through the bubbling rapids, sometimes gliding over water as smooth as glass, observe remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats and as the main means of transport of early settlers. Arrive at the Mangaparua landing – gateway to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Take a leisurely and beautiful 40 minute native bush walk to the bridge.
Here you can sit and relax, have your supplied picnic lunch and imagine what it must have been like to live in this isolated area as an early pioneer. The return journey is just as exciting with time to enjoy the scenery and plentiful bird life. Arrive back in Taumarunui approximately 4:00pm.
Enjoy the best of both worlds, encountering 10 tunnels and 20 bridges on the Rail Trail traveling 40km by rail and 23km by Jet Boat on the Whanganui River, a mixture of nostalgia and adrenaline.
7:30am departure: Travel through 10 hand dug tunnels and over 20 bridges as you 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. before enjoying your waiting lunch at the old Tokirima Station. After lunch you will be shuttled down to the Ohinepane landing to the waiting jet boat for an exhilarating 23 km ride back up the Whanganui River to Cherry Grove in Taumarunui.
Option to do the trip in reverse, with a 10.30am departure. Start with the Jet Boat and return by Rail Cart.
10:30am departure: Our shuttle will take you down to Cherry Grove to jet boat 23km down the Whanganui River to Ohinepane Landing.From there you leave the river and board our shuttle to have lunch at the old Tokirima Station. After lunch, board your RailCart and travel through 10 hand dug tunnels and over 20 bridges as you make your way back up the line to Okahukura. From there it is a 10 minute shuttle back to our Taumarunui depot.
Enjoy the best of both worldTravel 23km down the magnificent Whanganui River to be picked up by our shuttle and taken to the old Tokirima Station. There you will board your Rail Cart and to travel the 30 km of rail line back to Okahukura. 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.
Includes: Rail trail – Helicopter Flight & Jet Boat Whanganui River
Price: $1339 per person
Tour Starts: 7:30 am Set Dates in February to April 2020
Tour Duration: 2 Days
Join us for a Forgotten World Expedition. A day on the rails and a day jet boating along the Whanganui River on the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere. The Expedition is two full days and includes one night accommodation.
RailCart down the Forgotten World Railway to the Republic of Whangamomona, more than 80km of total immersion into the true stories and tall tales woven into this unique landscape. Stay the night in the Republic. The second day after a spectacular helicopter flight over the Whanganui National Park to the Bridge to Nowhere, you’ll be jet boating up the Whanganui River exploring historical sites and scenes, including the “Bridge to Nowhere” on the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere. Along the way stopping for morning, afternoon tea and lunch. This is the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere.
Please note that a good level of fitness is required to complete the approximate 6km bushwalk comfortably. We highly recommend wearing appropriate walking shoes with a good grip as the trail can be slippery at times.
The Expedition includes;
– 20 tunnel tour – Taumarunui to Whangamomona. including morning and afternoon tea, lunch and local guide.
– Accommodation at the historic Whangamomona Hotel including dinner.
– Cooked breakfast
– 25km helicopter flight (weather permitting), the alternative will be to drive the Forgotten World Highway to the Whanganui River.
– 110km jet boat ride on the Whanganui River. Walk to the Bridge to Nowhere (40 min one way)
– Morning, afternoon tea and lunch, driver/guide
– Returning to Taumarunui 4:30pm.