• Escorted Tour

10 Tunnel Rail-Cart Adventure

Along the 'Forgotten Highway"

Explore the hidden valleys of New Zealand’s hinterland by specially-designed rail-cart.
These carts trundle along decommissioned railway lines, through open hill country, native bush and historic tunnels, across bridges and through rural settlements that have long-since faded away.
A great way to explore rural New Zealand.

Your travel itinerary

Saturday 10 March

Auckland - Taumarunui

Lunch iconLunch Dinner iconDinner

Depart on the comfortable Northern Explorer train for our journey through the central North Island to Taumarunui. Lunch is served on board.
On arrival in Taumarunui, embark on our petrol-driven rail cart journey along the ‘Forgotten Highway’ – camera at the ready! The guided ride through open countryside, native bush, historic tunnels and over bridges will delight. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner.

Sunday 11 March

Taumarunui - Chateau Tongariro - Auckland

Breakfast iconBreakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the Chateau Tongariro for morning tea and a relaxing morning before boarding the train at National Park to arrive in Auckland early evening. 


¨ Return travel on the Northern Explorer train
¨ One night’s accommodation in Taumarunui
¨ Morning tea and lunch on the train on Saturday
¨ A special morning tea at the Chateau on Sunday
¨ Escort subject to 10 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $735 +$60

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change


  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation insurance (please ask us for a quote)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 09 February 2018


  •  Deposit non-refundable
  • No refund will be made after 09 February 2018
  • All cancellation charges on a per person basis

Health and Fitness

  • A reasonable standard of fitness is required with the ability to climb in and out of the train and carts
  • Mobility frames or wheelchairs are not practical or permitted

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change