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Happy New Year! With a new year comes new beginnings, and after 10 years of starting and operating Forgotten World Adventures, we have sold the business. Rachel and I aren’t getting any younger, and with interest expressed in buying the company, it was the right time to sell. We’re excited to announce that from 1 March, Grant Ross, his partner Laura and family will take over the reins. 

From our customer’s perspective, it’ll be a seamless transition, with most of the team remaining exactly the same, and the new owners retaining the same commitment to delivering exceptional experiences. After a decade at the wheel, we’ll be enjoying our retirement and will take some time to explore New Zealand ourselves, in the passenger seat this time! 

So with this news, we’re excited to see what 2022 will bring, as the team welcome visitors from near and far to the Forgotten World. Perhaps like us, your new year’s resolution is to discover more of your big backyard and travel somewhere new? Our rail cart journeys are just the ticket!  

Ian and Rachel 

Our brand-new tours have launched 

As you may have seen, our all-new Rhine of the Pacific is now live – and our first guests have recently returned from their epic journey. They loved every moment of their trip through the Forgotten World, as they followed in the footsteps of New Zealand’s pioneer ancestors.  

From the karakia at the mouth of the Whanganui River to their jetboating adventure along the awa, all the way to a scenic lunch at Lauren’s Lavender Farm, they “couldn’t fault” one step of their time-travelling journey. 


New Year, New Beginnings 

With Forgotten World Adventures changing hands and soon to begin an exciting new chapter, we thought we’d share a little more about who’s behind the scenes after Ian has laid the tracks for plenty of successful years ahead!   

Soon returning to New Zealand after living in France with his family of four, Grant brings a wealth of expertise from a diverse range of industries. After growing up in Wellington, he’s had successful careers in rugby and television – and is excited to keep his passion for “producing experiences that make people happy and exceed expectations” going in the Forgotten World. 

It’s a Green light for adventures, even during Red  

Following the announcement that the entire country has moved to the red traffic light setting, we remain open and operating in accordance with our own risk assessments and government guidelines.   

As an activity that’s predominately outdoors and in a unique location – by operating under our consistent and clear operating procedures, we’re keeping everyone as safe as possible while still making this an experience you won’t forget.  

Before you visit, please familiarise yourself with the protocols we have in place and how we will be operating – and feel free to contact our team if you have any queries or concerns.