Join us for a Forgotten World Expedition. A two day, three part journey. The first day you will ride the rails on our 20 Tunnel tour which will transport you back through history to the Republic of Whangamomona! The second day after a spectacular helicopter flight over the Whanganui National Park to the Bridge to Nowhere, you'll be jet boating up the Whanganui River exploring historical sites and scenes on the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Expedition is two full days and includes one nights accommodation.
RailCart down the Forgotten World Railway to the Republic of Whangamomona, more than 80km of total immersion into the true stories and tall tales woven into this unique landscape. Stay the night in the Republic, includes dinner and cooked breakfast.
Starts with a relaxed breakfast. Then a helicopter will take you on a scenic flight over the Whanganui National Park from Whangamomona to a remote clearing in the infamous Mangaparua Valley. From there we walk 2.5 kms down to the Bridge to Nowhere where you'll hear the history of the bridge and the people who lived in this remote valley. Then its a further 2.5 kms down to the river to meet the jet boat and spend the rest of the day travelling the Whanganui River, exploring the historical sites and scenery on the way back to Taumarunui. Morning, afternoon tea and lunch all included.
Price : $1345 per person
Day One :
Depart 7:30am from our Taumarunui Depot. Arrive in Whangamomona approx 3:30pm. Enjoy the afternoon and evening in the Republic. Your overnight luggage will be delivered to your accommodation while you are on the rails.
Breakfast 7:30 to 8:30
Depart 9:00am from Whangamomona. Arrive at our Taumarunui depot at approx 4:30pm
The Adventure : The Expedition will transport you by rail, river and helicopter to truly experience the challenges that the early settlers faced when arriving in this region. Marvel at how they dug the rail line through, enjoy the Republic of Whangamomona, fly from Whangamomona to your landing spot 2.5 kms from the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. Take a beautiful 45 minute native bush walk to the bridge. Hear the stories and imagine what it must have been like to live there for the early pioneer. Continue walking another 2.5 kms km to the Whanganui River and the awaiting jet boat. See remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats as the main source of transport for the early settlers while enjoying the scenery and plentiful bird life on the journey up river, completing the circle back to Taumarunui.
If weather negates the ability to use the helicopter. A shuttle will be arranged to transport you to the river.
If conditions allow helicopter flight but negate river transport (eg flooded river) then an alternative Day 2 adventure will take place. The Helicopter will fly you to Mellonsfolly. Explore the Old West Town and enjoy various activities including the Cookhouse Cowboy Lunch, morning and afternoon Teas and the Cannon Firing.
If conditions negate both Helicopter and river transport our shuttle bus will pick you up from Whangamomona and return you to Taumarunui. On your arrival back to base we will arrange a refund for the Day 2 section of the tour.
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Included in your Tour :
RailCarts, Whangamomona accommodation (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast), Shuttles, Helicopter flight, Jet boat, lunch and morning and afternoon tea refreshments for both days
What to bring:
In this region the weather is changeable and it’s best to prepare for all conditions no matter the season
Clothing that can be layered, including warm thermal/merino clothing with a good wind/rain jacket or shell is ideal
It can be very cool in the tunnels even in summer
We suggest you have the following:
Please note: Any participants on this tour must be capable of walking a total of 6km on a formed (but sometimes wet and muddy) track. This is roughly 1.5 hours of walking.