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5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui

  • Ride an abandoned railway line in an open-sided RailCar
  • See a hidden part of rural New Zealand
  • Pass through the longest tunnel on the railway line
5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui
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5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui
Ride a RailCart over the decommissioned railway lines of the Forgotten World Railway on a half-day trip from Taumarunui that passes through a series of five exciting tunnels. You’ll cover 20 miles (32 km.) of track on the round-trip outing, including a .9 mile (1.5 km.) tunnel that’s the longest on the line, pausing for tea and snacks before returning to the Taumarunui depot. Choose between morning and afternoon departures for this RailCart excursion, which is ideal for train buffs and adventure lovers alike.
What to Expect

Time : Depart our Taumarunui depot at 12.00pm. 

The Adventure:

Experience the first 16km of the Forgotten World Railway. Enjoy a taste of the Forgotten World journey.  Travel through 5 tunnels including the longest tunnel (1.5km) on the line before stopping for a drink and a cookie and returning on the rails back through the 5 tunnels (bonus!) to the starting point.

Included in your day:
Shuttles to/from our Taumarunui Depot out to the RailCarts at Okahukura, morning or afternoon tea and of course your RailCart

What to bring:

In this region the weather is changeable and it’s best to prepare for all conditions no matter the season.  Layered clothing with a good wind/rain jacket or shell is ideal. The RailCarts have plastic side-curtains that provide reasonable rain protection. 

We suggest the following should be taken with you on the RailCart:

  • Sunglasses, Camera, Binoculars
  • Water and extra snacks if required
  • Warm thermal/merino clothing, including hat, scarf and gloves
  • Sturdy footwear (no jandals) with warm socks
  • Warm windproof jacket with hood even in fine weather
  • 100% Rainproof coat and over-trousers if rain is predicted
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Reviewed 1 week ago
A Wonderful Experience

Loved it. It was a beautiful winter's day and the sun was shining. The rail cart tour was wonderful and showcased the true New Zealand at its best. Our tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. The carts are very easy to operate and the...More

Thank travellingeurope2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
5 tunnel tour in feb

we took this tour in feb this year while on our honeymoon. the weather was bad but that did not put a dampener on things. We rode in the lead cart with the tour guide which was an added bonus. The scenery was lovely as...More

Thank eowynk
Reviewed 16 May 2018
An Amazing Experience

We did the 5 tunnel tour and even though it rained it was an awesome experience. They provide blankets to put over your knees and they worked perfectly. With the screens up , 4 in a rail cart 1 had 6 and we were off...More

Thank joym472
ForgottenWorld, Social Media Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Thank you for your review joym472. The rain really does add to the atmosphere at this time of year. It makes it much easier to imagine the hardships that the early settlers went through in trying to develop this landscape. Glad you found our blankets...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Definitely Worth Doing!

We recently did the 5 tunnel rail trip and it was a great experience. The trip takes 3 hours and the modified rail carts which you drive yourself go thru 5 tunnels which are all quite short except for one that is around 1.5kms long....More

1  Thank NZkeewee
Reviewed 26 April 2018
Great Trip

Great multi-generational trip! My husband & I did the 3-hour trip with my 80 year old in-laws and my teenage sons, and everybody loved it.

Thank KiwichickNewJersey
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