Our season has ended - we are now taking bookings for our Summer 2022/2023 season!

Breaking NEWS, everyone! New tours coming this summer... Read to find out more!


Breaking NEWS, everyone!  

We know many of you have travelled with us before - driven the rail carts, maybe taken a short jetboat ride and experienced the Forgotten World railway hospitality - so we wanted to build a new product specifically with you in mind.  These are the first multi-day tours we have ever offered that do not include the rail carts. Our NEW TOURS are designed for you to experience the rich history and hospitality of the Whanganui River and they are ready to be booked now!  

This year, bring your closest friends along for some scenic time travel. We’re stepping right back into the 19th Century, with a modern twist. The beautiful Whanganui River was commonly known as ‘The Rhine of the Pacific’ to the globe trotters of generations past.  

Kara, our new GM, is pulling together an amazing team of guides, conductors, boat skippers, drivers, food heroes and motel staff.  Many of our experienced staff from previous seasons are back and we are excited to welcome our newcomers to the Forgotten World family/whanau. 

Whether you're a 'repeat offender', or a first time explorer, we look forward to seeing you down the Rhine or on the Rail this summer season! 

Kia kaha, 



In the early 1900s, getting between Auckland and Wellington meant travelling at least part of the Whanganui River. It was therefore dubbed the ‘Rhine of the Pacific’ for its length and connection between major cities. Our new trips provide 4 days / 3 nights of immersion in the history, culture and scenery of our very own Rhine.  

Choose from Option A or B, and within those you also get to pick a sustainability or conservation focus to really make this adventure your ‘bucket list’ North Island holiday! Here are some highlights:  

Option A – Travel New Zealand's longest navigable waterway 


Option B – Use the Whanganui River as your corridor to true exploration.

Bridge to Nowhere walking tour: Exploring history by foot.


One end of the magnificent Whanganui River, with the old convent in Jerusalem in the background.

We’re extending our offer of booking your Forgotten World trip without a deposit up-front. That’s right, you can book a tour today, including the brand new Rhine of New Zealand trips, with ZERO DEPOSIT! 

In fact we have some special introductory pricing for the Rhine tours. For the month of August, you can save $100 per person AND pay nothing at the point of booking. There has never been a more opportune time to put your bucket-list North Island adventure on the calendar. 

The T&C's:  Zero Deposit August is only valid for bookings made between 1 to 30 August 2021. Travel period: 9 October 2021 - 30 April 2022. Full payment is due 30 days before travelling date. Spaces are limited and are subject to availability. 


One end of the magnificent Whanganui River, with the old convent in Jerusalem in the background.

We keep throwing around this phrase, ‘The Rhine of the Pacific’. And you’ve very likely heard of the Rhine River in Europe. So what exactly is the ‘Pacific’ version? 

In the early 1900s, the Whanganui River was a key part of the route from Auckland to Wellington. Framed in natural ferns and dramatically cut rock, the mighty river was therefore a beautiful connection between two major cities in New Zealand - not dissimilar to the Rhine in that sense. It was then marketed by savvy early travel agents here and abroad as the Rhine of the Pacific and wealthy globe trotters were encouraged to venture south and explore its mysterious banks. 

We look forward to welcoming you back in time to discover the legends and the natural wonder of this jewel in New Zealand’s history.