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The Great Forgotten Taranaki Rail Tour

Travel along the ‘Forgotten Highway’ from Taumarunui via the Republic of Whangamomona to New Plymouth where New Zealand’s own Mt Fuji – Mt Taranaki or Mt Egmont sits out to the west. – a special journey through an iconic area. Spend time in New Plymouth and travel round the mountain, before the train journey along the ‘milk route’ from New Plymouth to Feilding. Overnight in Pamerston North before continuing to National Park with time to relax at the iconic Chateau for a night before returning to Auckland. Our Taranaki tour groups return with fond memories of a special corner of New Zealand – join us now!

  • Mount Taranaki
  • Northern Explorer
  • Whangamomona Hotel
  • Te Rewarewa Bridge - New Plymouth
  • Pukekura Park
  • Pukekura Park - Poet's Bridge
  • Taranaki
  • Chateau Tongariro

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 13 September

Auckland- Taumarunui- New Plymouth

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Begin in Auckland or from other regular stations on the main truck line on the ‘Northern Explorer.’ Lunch and morning tea on the train.

From Taumarunui, the coach journey to New Plymouth includes 150km’s of Forgotten Highway through the Tangarakau Gorge Scenic Reserve and stopping at the Republic of Whangamomona for afternoon tea at the restored hotel.

Continue to New Plymouth for a three night stay. A welcome dinner at the hotel tonight.

Friday 14 September

New Plymouth

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A full day coach tour of the Taranaki Region includes

  • A visit to a well-known craft/art shop, featuring NZ pottery, felter, glass, jewellery and sculptures.
  • Morning tea and a visit to a well-established Taranaki garden.
  • The possum factory.
  • Lunch at the Mountain House.
  • Hollard’s Garden – an oasis in dairy country.
  • Pioneer Village – return to the hotel for dinner.

Saturday 15 September

New Plymouth

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A day to choose your own activities – Pukekura Park, Pukeiti Gardens, shopping in town or relax. Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday 16 September

New Plymouth - Palmerston North

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Depart by the Silver Fern train for the renowned Tawhiti Museum in Hawera - a NZ must do! There are themed galleries of shipping, farming, railways and more. Continue along the coastline through Patea, Waverley and Whanganui to Palmerston North for a one-night stay. Dinner at the hotel. 

Monday 17 September

Palmerston North - National Park

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After breakfast, a sightseeing tour by coach and then board the Silver Fern for your journey north via Marton, through Rangitikei to the Central Plateau.
On arrival at National Park Station, transfer to the Chateau Tongariro. A Farewell Dinner at the hotel

Tuesday 18 September

National Park- Auckland

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After breakfast, an optional trip up the Mountain for spectacular views or a coffee at the café. Return to the hotel and coach to the National Park Station for the train home - arriving in Auckland early evening


  • Travel on the Silver Fern chartered carriages and the modern Northern Explorer Train
  • Five nights in comfortable accommodation
  • Daily cooked breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners
  • Morning, afternoon teas & lunches served on the train as specified
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees where applicable


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $2,375 +$460

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


● Items of a personal nature
● Travel Insurance

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour. 
  • Full Payment is due no later than 10 August 2018
  • Bookings made after 10 August 2018  must be paid in full at time of booking.


  • Deposit – non-refundable
  • All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.                                                                                                                                                  
  • After 10 August 2018 – no refund                        
  • No Refund can be made once tour is underway.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

Health and Fitness

At times, entering and exiting the train can be very demanding for those with limited mobility.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required with the ability to comfortably walk 400 metres.
Mobility frames and scooters 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