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Self Drive Tour on The Forgotten Railway - 20 Tunnel

Taumarunui, North Island
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  • Self drive buggy tour through spectacular landscapes
  • Unique mode of travel
  • Travel along 80km of historical railway that includes 24 tunnels

Step back in time and travel along the 'Forgotten Railway' in a self driven buggy. You'll be blown away by the stunning natural landscapes that form the backdrop of your journey as well as the tales your guide will regale you with about it's construction way back in 1901. Stop at Tokirima for lunch.

What's Included?

  • Self driven buggy tour on the decommissioned Stratford-Okahukura railway line
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Morning tea
  • Afternoon tea
  • Ploughman's lunch
  • Transfer shuttle bus to and from the railway

Travel through breaktakingly beautiful countryside on the now decommissioned Stratford-Okahukura railway and take a step back in time. Your guide will lead your group on self driven buggies from Okahukura to Whangamomona, gliding along tracks that once carried trains that transported stock and supplies. Your guide will teach you about the history of the railway and it's almost 30 year construction, starting in 1901.

You'll take in stunning views and travel through more than 24 tunnels. You'll also pass through the depleted settlements of Matiere and Ohura, see the stunning Tangarakau Gorge and get to stretch your legs and have a wonder in the Republic of Whangamomona; a rural town with heaps of character and their own President! Getting home is easy as; you'll jump in a shuttle bus and be driven back to a depot at Taumaruni along the iconic Forgotten Highway.


No smoking or alcohol is permitted on the RailCarts.


  • A low level of fitness is required
  • You must be over 16 years of age if you want to be the driver of the RailCart
  • You will be required to sign a disclaimer prior to departure which will include disclosure of any relevant medical conditions


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:

  • Over 10 days prior to the experience date: 10% of booking is non-refundable
  • Within 6 - 10 days of the experience departure: 50% of booking is non-refundable
  • Within 5 days of the experience departure: Participants forfeit their experience and therefore are not entitled to a refund or to re-book
  • Participants are advised to make their own insurance provisions in case of unforeseen circumstances
  • Change of participant is not permitted

Numbers on the Day

Groups of up to 24 people can be accommodated.


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Dress Code

Warm layers are recommended as the tunnels can be quite cool in spring and autumn.

Other Info

It's recommended to bring a camera. You may also wish to bring extra water, snacks and some money should you wish to purchase anything from the local artisans along the way.

This experience departs from and returns to Taumarunui.