Delve into the mystic charm of the Central North Island’s Forgotten World, where history’s footsteps echo through the ages.
The Stratford-Okahukura Line (SOL), a 142km abandoned rail line adorned with 24 hand-built tunnels and over 90 bridges, takes you on a journey through this remote wonderland.
Forgotten World Adventures is your expert guide to this captivating region, offering a range of guided experiences.
Our unique adventures invite you to embark on an iconic self-driven rail cart journey from Taumarunui to Stratford.
With a front-row seat, witness the ever-changing, breathtaking landscapes while immersing yourself in New Zealand’s cultural and pioneering history, brought to life through passionate storytelling.
Traverse backcountry ghost towns, pristine native bush, rugged hills, and hidden valleys.
In addition to the rail cart journey, our experiences may include:
Transport yourself to a bygone era filled with intrigue and embark on one of New Zealand’s most authentic and enchanting adventures.
Discover the secrets and treasures of the Forgotten World with us.
Price: $345 per person – Child $225 pp
Family Rate: ( 2 adults + 2 Child) $1025
Tour Starts: 07:30 & 11:00 am Taumarunui
Tour Duration: 6 Hours
After checking in at the Forgotten World Motel, Taumarunui, we will shuttle you to your waiting rail cart at Okahukura.
Journey back in time as you set off down the line along 40km of the Forgotten World Railway. Travel through 10 tunnels, including the longest (1.5km), and marvel at the beautiful handbuilt brick tunnels. Enjoy cruising through stunning hill country farms and native bush.
A lovely ploughman’s lunch and our fabulous home baking will await your arrival at Tokirima, after which you will board your return shuttle. On your return journey, you’ll get to visit Lauren’s Lavender Farm, which was placed second in the Top 10 Lavender Farms in New Zealand.
Here you can breathe in the relaxing aromas of the lavender fields next to the Whanganui River and browse the gift shop with all the excellent lavender products. Board the shuttle to return to the Forgotten World Motel.
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 whenever you emerge from a tunnel.
Tour departs the Forgotten World Adventure Taumarunui Depot at 7.30 am and will arrive in Whangamomona at approx 3.45 pm. The “Same Day” shuttle picks you up after a quick look around Whangamomona and delivers you back to our Taumarunui depot at approx 6.15 pm.
Choose this tour if you plan to start and finish in Taumarunui OR start in Taumarunui, stay overnight in Whangamomona and return to Taumarunui the next day.
OR start in Taumarunui and have your vehicle transferred to Whangamomona to continue your journey from there.
Enjoy the best of both worlds, encountering ten tunnels and 20 bridges as you travel 40km by rail and 23km by Jet Boat on the Whanganui River, a mixture of nostalgia and adrenaline.
7:30 am departure: Travel through 10 hand-dug tunnels and over 20 bridges before enjoying your waiting lunch at the old Tokirima Station. After lunch, you will be shuttled down to the Ohinepane landing on the waiting jet boat for an exhilarating 23 km ride back up the Whanganui River to Cherry Grove in Taumarunui.
10:30 am 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. There is a 10-minute shuttle back to our Taumarunui depot.
Travel 23km down the magnificent Whanganui River to be picked up by our shuttle and taken to the old Tokirima Station. You will board your Rail Cart and travel the 30 km rail line back to Okahukura. Enjoy the best of both worlds.
Itinerary: 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 embark 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 Ploughman’s 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 10.30 am departure. Start with the Jet Boat and return by Rail Cart.
Price: from $1045 per person
Tour Starts: 7:30 am
Tour Duration: 2 days
N.B. The tour can be done in reverse
The history of this unique landscape will resonate as you absorb the stories and relive the memories of New Zealand’s pioneering past with this two-day journey back in time. Unplugged yet still ‘on the line’ as you travel the entire 142km from Okahukura to Stratford or Stratford to Okahukura with an overnight stay (additional to tour) in Whangamomona. You’ll go through all 24 tunnels, cross all 98 bridges and see the remnants of the original settlements along the line – the ultimate experience.
You can continue on your travels from here, talk to us about a vehicle transfer, or we can help you organise a return shuttle to your departure point. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon snacks are provided on both days.
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.
Arrive in the Republic of Whangamomona, explore the area and its charismatic pub. Overnight accommodation is included
Depart Whangamomona and continue your journey to Stratford. Discover ever-changing vistas as you learn about the history of the area and the stories of the settlers. See redwood plantations, pine forest and deer farms and get up close and personal with local wildlife in sheep and beef country.
Stop for morning tea and home baking at TeWera Station siding, and visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce.
Enjoy lunch at Douglas Station, then continue your journey and marvel at the spectacular Mt Taranaki dominating the skyline. Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River, and discover Taranaki dairy farmland. Arrive at Victoria Road in Stratford about 3pm ready for your onward travel or take the same day return shuttle to Taumarunui (additional cost)
Includes: Rail trail – Helicopter Flight & Jet Boat Whanganui River
Price: from $2100 per person
Tour Starts: 7:30 am Set Dates in Octber 2022 to April 2023
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.
– Continental breakfast
– 25 km helicopter flight (weather permitting), the alternative will be to drive the Forgotten World Highway to the Whanganui River.
– 110 km 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.