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  • Escorted Tour

20 Tunnels Rail- Cart Journey Along the Forgotten Highway

Including a Helicopter and Jetboat Ride

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.

The end of the line is the Republic of Whangamomona, where you spend a night at the historic hotel to mix with the locals before your helicopter and jetboat rides.

A great way to explore rural New Zealand.

  • Rail-Carts along the Forgotten Highway
  • Whangamomona Hotel
  • Helicopter arriving in Bennetts Clearing
  • Jetboat
  • Alpaca Farm

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 15 February

Auckland - Taumarunui

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Depart on the comfortable Northern Explorer train with pick-ups en-route for our journey through the Central North island to Taumarunui. Lunch will be served onboard. On arrival, transfer to our hotel for one night. A relaxing afternoon tour to a local Alpaca farm is included. Return to Taumarunui for a Welcome Dinner.

Friday 16 February

Taumarunui - Whangamomona

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Embark on our 80km, petrol-driven rail cart journey along the ‘Forgotten Highway,’ - cameras at the ready! This guided ride through open countryside, native bush and historic tunnels will delight. Your overnight stay in the iconic 100-year-old Whangamomona Hotel will add to this memorable journey. 

Saturday 17 February

Whangamomona - Taumarunui

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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 Wanganui River to Taumarunui for our last night’s stay. 

Sunday 18 February

Taumarunui - Chateau Tongariro - Auckland

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After breakfast, travel by coach to the iconic Chateau Tongariro for morning tea, transfer to National Park to join the Northern Explorer to arrive in Auckland early evening.  


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


   $2219 +90

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


  • Cancellation insurance (please ask us for a quote) 
  • 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 12 January 2018

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 12 January 2018
  • All cancellation charges on a per-person basis

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* Itinerary subject to change