• Escorted Tour

20 Tunnel Rail-Cart Journey Along the Forgotten Highway

Including Mellonsfolly Farm

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.

  • Tunnel along the Forgotten Highway
  • Rail-Carts
  • Whangamomona Hotel
  • Mellonsfolly Ranch
  • Mellonsfolly Ranch

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 19 October

Auckland- Taumarunui

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Depart on the comfortable Northern Explorer train for a journey through the central North Island to Taumarunui. Lunch is served on board.

Transfer to our accommodation followed by a relaxing visit to a local Alpaca Farm.

 Return to the hotel for a Welcome Dinner.

Friday 20 October

Taumarunui- Whangamomona

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

Saturday 21 October

Whangamomona- Chateau Tongariro

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Today’s adventure day begins with a spectacular helicopter journey into one of New Zealand’s hidden valleys to the remote Mellonsfolly Ranch, an authentic western town. Step back in time and experience where the charm of the Old West mingles gracefully with the luxury of the Victorian Era. From here, we travel by coach to the historic  Chateau Tongariro for our last night of the trip.

Sunday 22 October

Chateau Tongariro- Auckland

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After a relaxing morning, return by the Northern Explorer train, to arrive in Auckland early evening


  • Return travel on the Northern Explorer train
  • One night’s accommodation in Taumarunui
  • One Night’s accommodation at the Whangamomona hotel (shared facilities)
  • One night at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Coach travel as specified
  •  Morning tea and lunch on the train on  Saturday
  • 3 Dinners, 3 Lunches and 3 breakfasts
  • Escort subject to 15 people travelling


Cost per person*

Twin Share                 $2069  

Single Supplement   +$150


  •  Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation insurance

Booking Conditions

  •  A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person, will secure a place on this tour.
  • Full payment is due no later than  01 September 2017


General Information

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



  • All cancellation charges on a per-person basis
  • No refund can be made after 01 September 2017
  • Deposit non-refundable 

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


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* Itinerary subject to change