• Limited Spaces Available
  • Escorted Tour

20 Tunnels Rail- Cart Journey Along the Forgotten Highway

Including a Helicopter and Jetboat Ride

Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s hinterland is the ‘Forgotten Highway’ and this is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand.
Travel to the ‘Republic of Whangamomona’ along  decommissioned
railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and townships that have faded
into the past.  

  • Rail-Carts along the Forgotten Highway
  • Rail-Carts lined up before the journey begins
  • Tunnel along the Forgotten Highway

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 23 November


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Depart on the comfortable Northern Explorer with pick-ups enroute. Lunch will be onboard. On arrival at Taumarunui, transfer to our hotel for one night. A relaxing tour to the Local  Alpaca Farm is included this afternoon. Return to Taumarunui for a local dinner.

Friday 24 November

Taumarunui- Whangamomona

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Embark on our petrol-driven rail cart journey along the ‘Forgotten Highway,’ camera at the ready, The next 80 kms is a guided journey through open countryside, native bush and historic tunnels. Your overnight stay in this historic 100 year old  Whangamomona Hotel will add to this  memorable journey. 

Saturday 25 November


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Today’s full adventure begins with a spectacular helicopter ride to the ’Bridge to Nowhere’. Then enjoy a guided 90 minute bush walk before an exhilarating jet boat trip on the Whanganui River to Taumarunui, for our last nights stay. 

Sunday 26 November

Taumarunui-Chateau Tongariro- Auckland

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This morning we make our way to the Chateau Tongariro for a relaxing morning, before we return by Northern Explorer to arrive back into Auckland early evening.  


  • Return travel on the Northern Explorer
  • All transfers
  • Two night’s accommodation in Taumarunui
  • One nights accommodation in Whangamomona Hotel (shared facilities)
  • Morning tea and lunch on the train, Thursday.
  • 2 dinners, 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts.
  • Special morning tea at Chateau Tongariro
  • Escort subject to 15 people travelling. 


   $2019 +$150

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee 


  • Cancellation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Health and Fitness

The tour includes a 90 minute compulsory flat bush walk. 

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required and mobility frames, wheelchairs, scooters are not practical or permitted. 

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on the tour.
  • Full payment is due no later than 06 October 2017

General Information

For practical purposes, baggage on this tour is restricted to a small cabin-size suitcase and / or backpack. 


  • Deposit non-refundable
  • No refund will be made after 06 October 2017
  • Cancellation on a per person basis

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* Itinerary subject to change