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Our iconic full-day rail cart adventure to the unique republic of Whangamomona.

Journey 82km along the line through breathtaking scenery and 20 hand-built tunnels. Traverse impressive bridges and pass through forgotten townships before pulling into the self-proclaimed Republic. Visit the Whangamomona Hotel, one of New Zealand's most historic hotels and the embodiment of the community's rich and quirky history.

DEPARTS: 7.30AM FROM TAUMARUNUI, DIRECTION CAN BE REVERSED (ie. you can depart from Whangamomona and do the trip in reverse to Taumarunui)

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  • Travel through the Tangarakau Gorge

  • 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

  • Morning and afternoon tea stops with homebaking and snacks

  • Rail-side picnic lunch at Tokirima

  • Shuttle transfers to/from Okahukura and Whangamomona


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