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20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour

  • Ride through the line’s twenty tunnels, a new landscape at the end of each one
  • Get impressive photographs of the lush Tangarakau Gorge as you ride through
  • Stop for lunch in tiny Tokirima and enjoy morning and afternoon tea as you ride
20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour
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20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour
From US$226.02
Discover New Zealand’s ‘Forgotten World’ – a remote and untamed part of the Taranaki region, known for its dense native forest and impressive scenic landscapes – on this full day trip from Taumaranui to Whangamomona. Save yourself the risk of driving the area’s perilous highway and avoid the exhaustion of cycling or hiking through the hills: this tour gets you right in the thick of the Forgotten World as you ride a rail cart down the decommissioned Stratford-Okahukura railway line.
What to Expect

20 Tunnel 1:  RailCarts travel along the line - Okahukura to Whangamomona

Time : Depart the FWA Taumarunui Depot at 7.30am and  arrive in Whangamomona approx 3.45pm. -  the "Same Day" shuttle will deliver you back to our Taumarunui depot at approx 5.45pm.

The Adventure:

Choose this tour if you are planning to:

  • start and finish in Taumarunui OR
  • start in Taumarunui, stay overnight in Whangamomona and return to Taumarunui the next day OR 
  • start in Taumarunui and have your vehicle transferred to Whangamomona to continue your journey from there.

Board the carts at Okahukura and enjoy the rural landscape of the King Country before plunging into the longest tunnel on the line.  Pass through the depleted settlements of Matiere and Ohura before arriving at Tokirima where lunch awaits you.  The afternoon takes you through the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and on to Whangamomona.  Take a wonder around the Republic before boarding our shuttle to travel by road back to Taumarunui along the famed State Highway 43 - The Forgotten World Highway.

For those choosing to stay overnight or longer in Whangamomona - you will find your luggage awaiting you at your chosen accommodation.  Please note that neither accommodation nor next day shuttle are included in this tour.  Please contact the FWA booking office if you would like us to make a booking for either of these extras for you.

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Reviews (46)
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Reviewed yesterday
20 tunnels

the guides were great barnly and rob very interesting about the railways and the land around it anyone would enjoy this nice home made cookies for morning tea and lunch and afternoon tea thanks IT WAS A NEAT DAY

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank roseylammas
Reviewed 6 days ago
A Very Good Experience

We were a party of four senior couples and thoroughly enjoyed our day of 'riding the rails'. We were pickedup in Taumarunui about 7.00am and taken by bus to Whangamomona for morning tea. From there we got on the motorized golf carts (one couple per...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Remmers
ForgottenWorld, Guest Relations Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review, happy we gave you a great experience out on our rails. Perhaps you'll come again.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Passionate guide

Loved the adventure. Rob our guide was very knowledgeable about the history as well as the locals that live there today. His enthusiasm rubbed off on the group. Food was simple but delicious. Although it rained on and off during the tour there were roll...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JaniceLJ63
ForgottenWorld, Guest Relations Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you loved your adventure, Rob loves to share the history of our line with all our guests. Thanks for the lovely review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The whole experience was first class; from the important information provided before arriving in Taumarunui, the friendly check in and briefings, to morning and afternoon teas and lunch en route. As well as the rail trail and 20 tunnels, the variety in surrounding countryside (farmlands,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ahipara
ForgottenWorld, Guest Relations Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awe thanks, great to hear you had a fabulous time, we will pass on your wonderful review to Rob. He will be over the moon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fabulously organised and a wonderfully enjoyable trip

From my first point of contact on phone, I found ALL staff members of The Forgotten World were absolutely amazing - friendly, helpful and well informed. Excellent homemade snacks for morning tea and great set up for lunch. Weather very changable the day we went,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DayTrip60637162532
TraceyFWA, General Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Brilliant to hear how much you enjoyed your trip! We're super proud of our staff, and love to hear great feedback about them all, thanks for taking the time to write about your day with us.

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9 April 2018|
Response from Leigh-Ann C | Reviewed this property |
Bus would be your best option and that would probably take at least 6 hours. But at least you would see the countryside =)
9 April 2018|
Response from Ayeaye2012 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so late in answering...I would drive to get there from Auckland. It is a nice trip. I am guessing 4 hours to get there but check on Google maps.