• Escorted Tour

The Great Forgotten Taranaki Rail Tour

Taranaki is becoming one of our popular New Zealand Rail tour destinations and our sixth venture to the region gives you the opportunity to enjoy this rail / coach experience.

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 our ‘Silver Fern’ rail journey along the ‘milk route’ from New Plymouth to Palmerston North for a one night stay. Continue by rail 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!


Your travel itinerary

Thursday 19 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’ with 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 20 September

New Plymouth

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A full day coach tour of the Taranaki Region includes

  • Morning tea and a visit to Stony River Café
  • The Possum Factory with the opportunity to purchase the high-quality products.
  • Lunch at the Mountain House.
  • Pioneer Village
  • Historical Lighthouse & Museum
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.

Saturday 21 September

New Plymouth

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

Sunday 22 September

New Plymouth – Palmerston North

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Depart by our ‘Silver Fern’ 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 23 September

Palmerston North – National Park

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After breakfast, board the ‘Silver Fern’ for our 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 24 September

National Park – Auckland

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After breakfast, an optional trip up the Mountain (weather permitting) 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 train 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  $2,835

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


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Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour.
  • Full Payment is due no later than 02 August 2019.
  • Bookings made after 02 August 2019 must be paid in full at time of booking.


  • Deposit – non-refundable                                                  
  • All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.
  • After 02 August 2019 – 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 ask 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