The Epic Tour is the absolute pinnacle of Forgotten World Adventures tour offering. Four full days immersed in and exploring the whole of the Forgotten World. You'll feel fully connected to this wonderful landscape after four days adventuring on the rail and the Whanganui River. It will leave you in awe of the life our forefathers forged for themselves that somehow remains intrinsic to us all.
All accommodation and specified meals are included. Minimum numbers apply*
Tours commence again on the 9th October 2021
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*Prices quoted are based on twin share, single supplement may apply
The Epic travels across wide expanses of rugged countryside and native bush, over 47 bridges and through 20 tunnels before arriving in New Zealand’s only self-proclaimed republic – Whangamomona. After spending the night, continue through the remaining tunnels on the SOL rail line and 18 more bridges on the way to Stratford. From here a shuttle takes you to Whanganui for your next overnight stay.
On Day 3 you will travel up the Whanganui River Road in a tourist operated mail run. You will be treated to morning tea at the Matahiwi Gallery, after which you will travel to Pipiriki - a settlement on the eastern bank of the stunning Whanganui River - from here you two day jet boat journey up the Whanganui River begins.
In addition to the breathtaking landscape of the Whanganui River, the highlights of the last two days of your tour will be the short walk into your lunch stop on the Bridge to Nowhere, a night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast at the Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro. Located on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, the Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Getting off the grid and out into the New Zealand bush to experience real station life is a highlight you don’t want to miss. Blue Duck Station has one of the highest concentrations of whio and kiwi in New Zealand not to mention wetas, native bats and fish. To help increase numbers of these and other native species, they are improving the habitat by encouraging bush to regenerate, enhancing water quality and trapping predators. It is as recognition of this work that Blue Duck Station has been granted three Ballance Farm Environment Awards and a Department of Conservation Services to Conservation Award.
On Day 4, you will continue your jet boat travel to the far upper reaches of the Whanganui River where you will enjoy lunch at Lauren's Lavender Farm for lunch before arriving back in Taumarunui to conclude your Epic Adventures.
This trip is limited to 60 seats throughout the season. All accommodation and specified meals are included. Minimum numbers apply*
"An Epic Four Days
The 4-day epic option offered by Forgotten World Adventures seamlessly weaves together three, four or even five different components in the grand loop to Stratford, Whanganui and return to Taumarunui. They use different tour guides in each of the five legs but we were fortunate to be hosted by passionate locals, all with family connections to this unique and historic corner of New Zealand. They were therefore, well informed, entertaining and obliging. I found the rail cart experience to be sheer relaxation in an addictive manner. The food provided is simple but generous and serve yourself so that takes care of most difficulties. Whangamomona is a great country pub experience, whilst the new Frontier Lodge at the Blue Duck is five-star. The jet boat was not the petrol-head's experience that I expected but a cruise through iconic New Zealand wilderness with a historic bonus. "Well done" to Marie, Dave, Val, Ken and Alan as well as everyone involved and thank you for an epic four days."
AlfredBs, TripAdvisor February 2017
* Minimum Numbers
The Epic Tour requires a minimum number of full fare adults to cover minimum operating costs. Should we not have enough passengers to run, we hold the right to cancel the tour. Notification will be give 1 month (30 days) before Tour departure if we are unable to depart and we will look for alternatives for you.
a) We will change your booking date/time to the next available and confirmed departure for the tour you want.
b) Cancel your trip and be fully refunded after notice of cancellation has been given.
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