• Escorted Tour

Father's Day Rail-Cart Journey

Along the Forgotten Highway

Nestled deep in the hidden valleys of New Zealand’s hinterland is the ‘Forgotten Highway’ and what better way to explore rural New Zealand than by rail cart

Mosey along decommissioned railway lines through tunnels, over bridges and settlements that have long-since faded away.


Your travel itinerary

Saturday 02 September

New Zealand

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Auckland – Taumarunui
Depart on the comfortable Northern Explorer train for a journey through the central North Island to    Taumarunui. Lunch is served on board.
Once you arrive 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 and historic tunnels will delight. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner.

Sunday 03 September

New Zealand

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Taumarunui-Chateau – Auckland 

This morning we transfer to the Chateau    Tongariro for 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
  • One night at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Morning tea and lunch on the train on   Saturday
  • A special morning tea at the Chateau    on Sunday
  • Escort subject to 20 people travelling



Cost per person*

 Twin Share              $719

Single Supplement   $60


  •  Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation insurance

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 per person, will secure a place on this tour. 
  • Full payment is due no later than 11 August 2017

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


  • No refund can be made after 11 August 2017
  • All cancellations charges are on a per-person basis

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* Itinerary subject to change