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We can’t wait to welcome back our Auckland visitors again from December 15! It’s been a long road, but we’ve finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re excited to host Aucklanders again for summer adventures, on what is sure to be a well-earned getaway for many.  

If you’re planning your upcoming holiday, keep an eye out for flyers about our awesome trips in some of Central Auckland’s local newspapers, as well as the Napier and Taranaki papers too. 


Fill your Ruapehu itinerary with some of our favourite spots in and around Taumaranui:

1. Experience a Forgotten World adventure 

We’re slightly biased, but a trip to the region wouldn’t be complete without a spectacular rail cart journey along the Forgotten World railway, experiencing the diverse natural and historical sights on a half-day, full-day or overnight trip.

2. Bike the Timber Trail 

One of New Zealand’s best overnight cycle rides, this scenic 85km journey follows the path of vintage bush tramways, old logging haul tracks and across thrilling suspension bridges, amidst native forest and cheery birdsong. 

3. Kayak down the Whanganui River  

As New Zealand’s longest navigable river, paddling along the awe-inspiring awa (river) is a journey into its illustrious history, as a trading route for early European settlers, as a taonga (treasure) for Māori, through to its status today as a national park and as a legal person. 

4. Relax at Lauren's Lavender Farm 

Surround yourself in the wonderful sights and scents of over 8,000 lavender plants and find your moment of calm and peace at this must-visit SH43 stopover – best experienced between late-December and early-March. 

5. Stroll through the picturesque Bradley's Gardens  

Experience the serenity and tranquillity of these 5-acre landscaped country gardens, along with a unique round of mini golf and a tasty treat at the on-site tea house. 

6. Make some new furry friends at Nevalea Alpacas 

Home to over 950 alpacas, New Zealand’s largest alpaca farm gives you the chance to pat, hand-feed, and go for walks with these cute and cuddly animals. 


Feel like your Christmas shopping is going ‘off track’? Gift your friends and family an experience to remember with a Forgotten World Gift Voucher! Available for any tour or any $ value, our vouchers never expire and can even be emailed straight to the lucky recipient.



It’s been fantastic welcoming guests to the Forgotten World from right across New Zealand - from North to South and everywhere in between. Here’s a snippet of some recent feedback we received of our two-day Ultimate tour: 


Best NZ trip ever
Fabulous weatherwe were spoiled by the green pastures, lazy cows - fantastic photos. The guides were excellent, so knowledgeable, easy going, organised and friendly, the organisation was incredible with morning teas and lunch all set up. We never knew this part of the country was so remote and beautiful! - Shani from Christchurch


We loved the whole experience. 20 tunnels, varying landscapes of farming and native bushdodging animals on the tracks! We were guided by Krystle, the best driver I have ever experienced. The nearly 2-hour journey was so enjoyable, with Krystle talking about local history all the way. All in all, a great team effort to bring the 'Forgotten Highway' back to life and learn about our history, which was so interesting. - Jeanette from Tauranga

Read the full reviews

Credit: @shanigogotogether on TripAdvisor 


Chances are you’ve seen pictures of the Moki Tunnel (and perhaps you’ve driven through it), but do you know the fascinating story behind its development? 

This historic single-lane tunnel located along the Forgotten World Highway was built back in 1935 using two coal-powered jackhammers. A few decades ago, a mystery traveller (with a great sense of humour) nailed up a sign at the entrance nicknaming the tunnel as the ‘Hobbit’s Hole’, a name which has stuck ever since. 

This engineering marvel is now one of the last remaining of its kind in New Zealand, and is one of the many quirky sights found along State Highway 43! 


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