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Terms and Conditions

At Forgotten World Adventures we strive to ensure that all our tours are delivered at the highest level of safety, while also being fun and adventurous.  Please read our T & C's below to ensure you understand the key points, including some do's and don'ts while in the railway corridor and/or on the Whanganui River. Please contact us if you have any questions, we are always here to help.



Once the Operators, Forgotten World Adventures Ltd & Forgotten World Jetboats Ltd, (hereinafter referred to as "the Operator"), confirm your booking, a contract is made between you and the Operator under the terms and conditions set out below. Your statutory rights are not affected. In a booking with more than one passenger the "lead passenger" will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions on behalf of all passengers within the booking. The "lead passenger" is the passenger who makes the booking on behalf of all passengers in a multi-passenger booking.


The Operator runs both Rail Cart, Jet Boat day tours and multi-day tours as well as various Bespoke tours. These tours are operated on the condition that the Operator shall not be liable for any sickness, injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned, either directly or indirectly, by reason of any defect in any Rail Cart,  vehicle or vessel, by weather, by any other cause, or through acts of default of a company or person engaged in conveying the passengers, or in carrying out arrangements for these activities.




A 10% deposit or full amount is required for all tours.

Full payment due: 30 days prior to tour departure.


Lifetime Deposits

If for any reason you cancel your tour, while we can't refund the deposit, we will keep it on file so you can  use it again if you book another date with us or you can transfer it to another tour.



Payment is preferred by direct credit into our bank account but we accept Visa, MasterCard and personal cheques drawn on NZ banks. Credit card payments will incur a 2% surcharge. If these methods of payment are not suitable, please make contact with us to discuss other options. All payments must be cleared into Forgotten World Adventures accounts before a booking is deemed confirmed.


If you make payment via a debit to your nominated credit card, the amount debited at the time of booking confirmation will be in New Zealand dollars (inclusive of New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) on the booking page prior to you clicking "make payment" on that page. The deposit may be converted to your local currency by your credit card company. Depending upon the currency of the booking, your credit card's currency and the country in which your card was issued, your credit card provider may impose foreign exchange fees and other fees in accordance with your arrangements with that credit card provider. We are not responsible for currency conversion or any fees imposed by your credit card provider and any questions relating to such matters should be directed to them.

Should any foreign bank account bank fees be incurred by Forgotten World Adventures in refunding any payment; such fees will be passed directly on to the relevant customer(s).


Cancellation of your booking must be in writing to either the Operator to bookings@fwa.co.nz (for direct or website bookings) or the authorised Agent through which your booking was made. If your booking was made through an authorised Agent, all amendments and cancellations must be made directly through the Agent and not with the Operator (the Agent may also levy cancellation charges in addition to those noted below - please check with the Agent at time of booking). When written notification has been received by the Operator, a fee will be levied to cover the costs incurred. The amount of the cancellation fee will be dependent on the number of days prior to the departure date of the tour (not including the day of departure or the day of notification).

Cancellation fees for all adventures are charged on the following basis per person:


Minimum Numbers

The Kiwis Saving Kiwi & Whio Tour, Epic Tour, Expedition Tour and Bridge to Nowhere Escape Tour require 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.

Your Options:

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.

Operator Cancellations

The Operator reserves the right to alter, amend or cancel any trip should weather or any other circumstance necessitate this. Once the tour has departed from Taumarunui or Stratford, no portion of the package payment is refundable in the event of an individual or group being unable to proceed further on the adventure, for whatever reason.


Package Refund policy

Any unused portion (s) of a package is not refundable, except in instances where a component of the package is canceled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, prior to departure by the Operator.


Private Group/Bespoke Tours

If we are undertaking a private group/bespoke tour for you, there are some changes to our standard Terms and Conditions. A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required to confirm the booking and full payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. Cancellations 30 - 60 days before arrival will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 30 days prior to departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Amendments within 2 months prior to arrival will incur a $100 admin fee and any additional fees charged to us by 3rd party suppliers. If paying from an overseas bank account, please take into account an additional $25 NZD bank fee.


If you or any member of your party have any medical condition or disability at the time of booking and/or at any other time until the completion of your tour which may affect your participation, please tell us so we can advise you of the suitability of your chosen trip. If we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person concerned, we must reserve the right to decline the booking.

If assistance is required for anyone who uses a wheelchair, this must be supplied by an accompanying caregiver.  


The person in control of the Rail Cart must be 16 years of age or older. Participants must obey the instructions of all FWA staff at all times. Equally if a participant causes damage to FWA property or that of any third party their trip will be terminated and we will be under no further liability for refunds or in meeting any costs incurred as a result.

By participating in this activity, you are expressly assuming all the risks and responsibilities of participation and are, to the maximum extent permitted by law releasing the Operator, its officers, employees, directors, agents and any other person associated with us, from any liability, claims, loss, damages or expenses (whatsoever and irrespective of whether direct, indirect or consequential) caused by any event including but not limited to: personal injury or death; property loss or damage; acts which may be construed as negligible or accidental; any other loss, damage, suffering, emotional or nervous disorder suffered by you or any other person in relation to this activity booked on or via this website. You accept that you have been advised to obtain adequate travel insurance for all persons named on the booking. You accept that all persons named on the booking are aware of and are bound by the following:


The consumption of alcohol, drugs and smoking is not permitted at any time by any person while in the SOL railway corridor or whilst in any FWA vehicle, vessel or any third party conveyance.  

Any person in control of a Rail Cart must not be under the influence of alcohol or any drug that affects his/her ability to control the Rail Cart.

We reserve the right to refuse participation should any person be in what FWA staff consider to be a state of intoxication.


We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance to cover any unexpected changes to plans.


The Operator reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time without notifying customers. Any booking correspondence will be subject to the Terms and Conditions which apply at the time of the correspondence and you are advised to read all the Terms and Conditions carefully on each occasion.


This website and all component parts, including these Terms and Conditions, are governed exclusively by the laws of New Zealand and you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of New Zealand.


Forgotten World Adventures hope you never have anything but positive things to say about your adventure and our service. However, in the event that you do, we would like to find out about it immediately. Please bring any comments to our attention to allow us to resolve the matter.