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Experience a forgotten world

The ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand. In a self driven Rail Cart or on our new Rail Bike, travel along a decommissioned railway line through tunnels and over bridges to townships that have faded into the past.


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Raw New Zealand beauty

Following ancient Maori pathways and built on colonial bridle paths formed late in the 19th century, the Forgotten World landscape is remote and mysterious. Explore a history unique to New Zealand, with stories and experiences that are truly unforgettable. 


A New Zealand story

Determination, ingenuity and human spirit across generations created the story that grew into Forgotten World Adventures.  This isolated landscape and experience is unique to the history of New Zealand railway.

142 km Railway

24 Tunnels

98 Bridges

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With an enriched past

Come and be part of this journey etched deep with human endeavour and woven with stories that resonate across generations.  Ride the railway lines that follow  pathways forged long ago into the remote Whangamomona Republic and beyond linking the lands of the King Country and Taranaki.

Winter Tours will run from July 2016 to September 2016 for both RailBikes and RailCarts

Our next Summer Season runs from October 2016 to May 2017.  

The scheduled dates are now available!

Trip Advisor

Certificate of excellence

“5 Tunnel experience”

Thank you so much for a great day out, to the lady who booked us in, to Terry the guide, helpful, full of information about the business, tunnels and the area, what a great guide. The carts are comfortable and travel well along the tracks you can still talk and have a conversation as they aren't noisy...

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“Travelling the Forgotten World Railway”

Driving a rail cart from Taumarunui to Stratford, with a night at an old world hotel, is an unforgettable experience for people wanting an adventure. The scenery is superb, the service friendly and informative ...

“Experiencing the 20 tunnel cart trip"

The cart trip more than met our expectations and "Griff" with his long beard made it very authentic with the historic information along the way. It was a long day but we would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to do something different.

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