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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
What a great start we are having to 2021. Weather is playing ball and Kiwis are taking advantage of this and moving around the country. The manuka is beginning to flower and it is an impressive site down the line, along with being a fascinating industry.

The front of house team have been flat out taking your bookings and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as many days become booked out. With this in mind, we have begun work on the calendar for the 21/22 season and will have this up by the end of the month. If we are unable to get you in on your preferred date this may be an option. 

Let's all keep doing the right things and keep NZ COVID-free.

Kia Kaha
Ian Balme

THERE'S LOTS TO DO IN THE FORGOTTEN WORLD

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The Forgotten World in New Zealand's Central North Island is the gateway to many unforgettable adventures and experiences. Centrally located, you're just over an hours' drive away from the magnificent Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro Crossing and an abundance of other world-renowned activities. With the Forgotten World creating a unique link between the Ruapehu and Taranaki regions, this off-the-beaten-track adventure capital truly offers something for everyone all year round. Stay a while longer with us in the Forgotten World and enjoy everything this magnificent part of New Zealand has to offer. Visit our brand-new Activities Page to learn more about what to do and where to stay.
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PROTECTING OUR FOREST ANIMALS

Rat exterminated in trap as part of PF2050 initiative

 Few places in the world are as 'invaded' as New Zealand. Native species are fighting for survival due to introduced predators such as rats, stoats, and possums - in our view PUBLIC ENEMY #1. Without active protection, we risk losing our unique natural heritage and taonga. 


Predator Free 2050 (PF2020) is an ambitious national goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging of these introduced predators. Forgotten World Adventures is keen to help play a part in slowing down the impact on our native species. In 2020, we have put 5 predator traps out along the line from Okahukura to Matiere, with plans to increase this each year. 

Pictured left: One of the traps set along the Forgotten World Railway is an active contributor to the PF2050 efforts. 

A FEW FAMOUS NAMES AND FACES

LEFT AND BELOW: MARGANS is a prominent  part of the Matiere story and guided stop on our tours, so we were delighted when Bill Margan's grandson and great-granddaughter, Mark and Anita Goodman, joined us on our Tokirima 10 Rail Cart Tour recently. They shared some stories and wove in some of their family history into our FWA Guide Moi's commentary at the Matiere and Ohura stops.
Grandson and Great-Granddaughter of Bill Margan infront of Margans in Matiere
BELOW: In her own words, Erin Simpson had an "epic day" exploring the Forgotten World and "highly recommends it". Erin and her husband, ex-The Bachelor NZ star Zac Franich, joined us for some couple quality time on our Republic 20 Rail Cart Tour from Okahukura to the Republic of Whangamomona. Erin won fame with a generation of Kiwi kids hosting 770 episodes of TV2 afternoon staple The Erin Simpson Show. In 2018 she began presenting Red Carpet New Zealand and has also produced her own homewares range. 
Erin Simpson and Zac Franich

FORGOTTEN WORLD IN FULL BLOOM

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Summer is here and the Forgotten World is in full bloom! See the flowering Manuka along the Forgotten World Railway between Okahukura and Toi Toi or visit Lauren's Lavender Farm and smell the relaxing aromas while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. Hop onto the Tokirima 10 Rail Cart TourEpic Multi-day Combo Tour or Kiwi Saving Kiwis Tour to visit Lauren's Lavender Farm and many more wonderful spots in the Forgotten World. 
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