Our most popular tour, this full-day experience immerses you in the Forgotten World and its history. Travel through breathtaking landscapes and discover a different vista every time you emerge from a tunnel.
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Visit the Whangamomona Republic and the historic hotel
Listen to stories of the Forgotten townships of Matiere, Ohura, Tokirima, Haeo,and Tangarakau
Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes steeped in history and stories
Experience the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km and the beautiful hand-built brick tunnels
82km Rail Cart Journey
Knowledgeable Local Guide
Shuttle transfers to/from Okahukura and Whangamomona
Morning and afternoon tea stops with home baking and snacks
Ploughman’s Lunch at Tokirima Station
Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a shuttle bus to the start of the line at Okahukura or Whangamomona depending on the way you are travelling the line. Here you’ll board your Rail Cart and set off on your journey through the Forgotten World. Immerse yourself in the changing views of rolling hills, remote farmland and native bush. Experience wildlife close to the tracks.
Stop along the way to hear stories, from your guide, of the land, its people and history. Travel over bridges and through hand-built brick tunnels, including the lines longest tunnel at 1.5km, and journey through the Tangarakau Gorge.
Enjoy morning and afternoon tea stops at historic settlements of Matiere and Tangarakau, and a Ploughman’s lunch at Tokirima.
Take time to stroll around the Republic of Whangamomona, explore the town and its charismatic pub. Then a return transfer will take you by bus To your starting point.
This tour runs Okahukara to Whangamomona and Whangamomona to Okahukura on alternate tours.
Latest TripAdvisor Reviews!
"Fantastic Day With Great Guides & Commentary" My husband & I did the Forgotten Rail Trail from Taumaranui to Whangamomona. A really great day, full of great history information & lovely food for our lunch & breaks. The guides were awesome & made the day flow amazingly. We had amazing weather & loved the coolness of the tunnels when they came. Highly recommend. NickyT71, TripAdvisor, Jan 2022
"You have to do this!" Tina, Orewa and Ray were incredible guides. Lots of laughter and adventure. Easily the best tour we have been on! michroberts, TripAdvisor, Jan 2022
"Not to be missed: a Fantastic Adventure" We did the full-day (20 tunnel) rail cart tour, and would recommend it over the half-day (10 tunnel). It takes you through remote country with a fascinating history, and you get to contrast the farmland and bush country. This was an outstanding experience. The Forgotten World Adventure team were excellent from start to finish: booking, the tour itself and the shuttle home. Our guide Shane was great at telling the stories behind what we saw, and all the crew worked together to make this an enjoyable and safe experience. Highly recommended. apteryx055, TripAdvisor, Jan 2022
"Marvellous" Great Kiwi understated professionalism. organised from start to finish, great guides, one of the best kiwi tourism experiences we have had. Bauenmore, TripAdvisor, Jan 2022