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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
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.

Reviews (39)
1 - 5 of 39 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Enjoying the forgotten world rail trip

Well organized business. They rang to confirm a detail we had omitted. Timings were kept to. The staff are knowledgeable and motivated to make the trip a success. Make sure you take warm clothes. Those long tunnels are chilly man. Our guide Rob was knowledgeable...More

Thank Graham M
Pathfinder812454, Guest Relations Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Fabulous Graham, so pleased to hear about your experience and Leon gave some great advise. Thanks for the recommendation and the 5 stars.

Reviewed 4 days ago
New Zealand as it should be seen - unspoiled and relaxed

A superb experience. We did the 20 tunnel trip with one night at the Forgotten Highway Motel before the trip and one at the Whangamomona Hotel at the end. Every minute was special. Fun, informative, and a real walk back in time to a relaxed...More

Thank 576SueK
Pathfinder812454, Guest Relations Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Awesome we are so pleased you had a fabulous trip through the Forgotten World, it truly is spectacular and Rob loves sharing his knowledge with you all. Thanks for the 5 star and recommendation.

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Great weekend

We had a great trip that we highly recommend. The guides Rob and Opal were very caring and their knowledge was exceptional and we were treated to a part of the North Island that is steeped in history. What a way to start at Tauramanui...More

1  Thank janma9b
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile
Great Day

A full and interesting tour. Our guides Rob and Adele were very knowledgeable and imparted this in an easy going manner. From tunnel 24 at Ohahukura to the pub at Whangamomona and the stops in between were a unique experience. We would definitely recommend this...More

Thank Mike H
Management response:Responded 10 September 2018

Thanks for the recommendation Mike, we glad you had a good time.

Reviewed 9 May 2018
A trip down Memory Lane

We highly recommend this trip. A whole day with everything taken care of. Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea, Lunch all supplied. We had a glorious day which ensured the experience was a 100% perfect. The knowledge from our guide made the past in this forgotten railway...More

Thank lotus2014
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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.