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  • Discover the breath-taking landscapes and stories of the Okahukura-Stratford line 
  • Travel over 18 bridges and through 3 tunnels including the unique S shaped 615m Whangamomona Tunnel
  • Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River
  • Discover a redwood plantation, and TeWera pine forest
  • Visit an Organic Farm and sample local produce
  • Enjoy a stroll around the Whangamomona Republic

Trip details

Price : $295 Per Person

Time:

Option 1:  7:30 am departure - Road shuttle first and RailCart return

Option 2:  9:30 am departure -  Railcart first and road shuttle return

 

The Adventure:

Option 1  - 7:30 am departure

Depart Stratford and travel by road to Whangamomona.  Enjoy a walk around the Republic and maybe a coffee at the Whangamomona Hotel before heading to the Whangamomona Station and your waiting Railcart.

Discover ever-changing vistas as you learn about the history of the area and the stories of the settlers. See redwood plantations, pine forest and deer farms and get up close and personal with local wildlife deep in the heart of sheep and beef country. Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River, and discover Taranaki dairy farmland all while marvelling at the spectacular Mt Taranaki dominating the skyline.  Once you leave your railcart at Stratford, board our shuttle for a short 5 minute journey back to the depot at the Stratford Heritage Lodge.

 

Add to Your Option 1 Experience:

  • If you have driven through from Taumarunui you might like to stay in Whangamomona overnight and check in with the tour at Whangamomona.
  • Accommodation in Whangamomona - We can book your accommodation in Whangamomona. Have a look at the accommodation options here and let us know your choice.
  • Vehicle Transfer - We can transfer your vehicle to have it waiting for you at Stratford - Tick the vehicle transfer required box
  • Accommodation in Stratford - We can book your accommodation in Stratford for either the night before or the night after your journey on the rails - or for both nights!

 

Option 2  - 9:30am departure

Depart Stratford for a short shuttle ride to your Railcarts on the line ready to take you to the Republic of Whangamomona.  Enjoy all the scenery, stories and highlights of Option 1. Stop for morning tea at Douglas Station, then continue your journey on to TeWera Station siding. Visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce. Once in Whangamomona, take a stroll around the Republic or enjoy a drink at the iconic Whangamomona Hotel before boarding your shuttle back to Stratford. 

Or why not extend your stay overnight and enjoy the hospitality of the republic.

Add to Your Option 1 Experience

  • Vehicle Transfer - We can transfer your vehicle to have it waiting for you at Whangamomona - Tick the vehicle transfer required box
  • Accommodation in Whangamomona - We can book your accommodation in Whangamomona. Have a look at the accommodation options here and let us know your choice.
  • Accommodation in Stratford - We can book your accommodation in Stratford for either the night before or the night after your journey on the rails - or for both nights!

Due to the nature of a railway the schedule is subject to change.

Treat your family member, friend or colleague to an experience like no other.  A gift voucher for this tour can be purchased here.

Book now   0800 724 522 78

Important information

Included in your day:

  • 60km RailCart journey
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Shuttle

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:

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Water and extra snacks if required
  • Windproof jacket with hood even in fine weather
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • Sturdy footwear with warm socks
  • Pack a rainproof coat and over-trousers
  • Any personal medication as required 
  • Often we now have local artisans offering a variety of local produce for sale at some of our stops.  You may like to bring along a little cash in case something appeals.

Stratford to the Republic 1

Stratford to the Republic 2

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