Uncover the untamed beauty of the Forgotten World from the rail, river and sky on this two day expedition. Board your Rail Cart and explore the 20 tunnel line, revel in spectacular scenery during a helicopter flight, hike to the Bridge to Nowhere and zoom along the Whanganui River on a jet boat.
Known for its dense native forest and unrivalled scenic landscapes, The Forgotten World can only be seen to be believed. This two day expedition allows you to experience this untamed and spectacular region in a number of unique ways. Departing from Taumarunui, you will take a short shuttle bus to the start of the Okahukura-Stratford line. Board your Rail Cart on the 20 tunnel tour and hear stories of the land, its people and history from your guide. Get right into the thick of it as you meander over bridges and through hand-built brick tunnels, including the longest tunnel at 1.5km and through the Tangarakau Gorge. Savour morning and afternoon tea at the historic settlements of Matiere and Tangarakau, and a delicious ploughman's lunch at Tokirima. Round out the day exploring the Republic of Whangamomona, where you'll enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
After breakfast, be wowed by spectacular views of the Whanganui National Park from the clouds during a scenic helicopter flight. Soar over rolling hills and valleys before touching down in the Mangaparua Valley for a 2.5km walk to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere. Continue wandering the Park another 2.5km straight for the Whanganui River where you'll board your jet boat. Feel your adrenaline surge as you zoom down the river, hearing the stories of the people who lived in these remote parts and exploring a number of historical and cultural sights including Tamatea's Cave and Tarei Po Kiore Whirlpool. Enjoy lunch next to the river before your return to Taumarunui.
This is an overnight experience with two full days of activities.
Minimum numbers apply. Please note that as good level of fitness is required to complete the approximate 6km bush walk walk. This terrain can be slippery at times, therefore appropriate shoes with a good grip should be worn.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
This experience requires a minimum number of participants to run.
This experience starts in Taumarunui, the gateway to the Forgotten World in Central North Island of New Zealand, and takes you through to the Republic of Whangamomona and the Whanganui National Park.