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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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
Shuttle transfers to/from Okahukura and Whangamomona
Morning and afternoon tea stops with home baking and snacks
Rail-side picnic 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 rail-side picnic 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 Okahukura to Whangamomona and Whangamomona to Okahukura on alternate tours.
Reviewed by Karen P 2023
"Enjoyed the scenery & history" - 5 Stars
We did the Republic tour, from Taumarunui to Whangamomona. Would highly recommend it. An early start in the morning mist created great scenery then the sun came out with blue skies for the rest of our trip. The guides ere excellent with good local knowledve and stories of the history of the remote countryside. Tasty morning, afternoon tea and lunch all provided in rustic railside settings.
Reviewed by Jean A, 2023