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Forgotten World Adventures

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Address: 9 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920, New Zealand
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+64 80072452278
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Forgotten World Adventures provide self-driven NZ rail tours along the...

Forgotten World Adventures provide self-driven NZ rail tours along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World Highway, the SOL line, in specially modified rail carts. Departing from Stratford, Whangamomona or Taumarunui, New Zealand, enjoy a one or two day tour exploring the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand's Forgotten World.

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US$91.81*
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5-Tunnel Rail Bike Tour from Taumarunui
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US$168.93*
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10 Tunnel RailCart Tour from Taumarunui

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Tunnel Excitement

I took the motorised railway tour over two days, the Ultimate. I started at Stratford, spent the first night in Whangamomona and finished in Tauramunui. You can also go the other... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
platypus150
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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716 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I took the motorised railway tour over two days, the Ultimate. I started at Stratford, spent the first night in Whangamomona and finished in Tauramunui. You can also go the other way. It was great going through countryside that is hard to reach by road, picking blackberries along the way and discovering the history of the area. The motorised golf... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A little noisy on the track - good the buggies now have plastic wheels! May be even better once electric motors are fitted. Well protected from the elements, not that protection was required.Weather chilly but fine even for February.

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Owhango
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've wanted to go on the railcarts for some time and a visit from my brother and sister in law was the perfect excuse. It wasn't a big deal choosing the trip even though they would only be here for two days. We were greeted my big smiles when we arrived at FWA HQ. Those smiles were on every staff... More 

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Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since my sister completed the Forgotten World adventures 20 tunnel trip from Taumarunui to Whangamomona several years ago, I have wanted to experience it myself and I finally did yesterday. It did not disappoint, even though the weather wasn't the best. Lovely friendly guide and other staff, and informative and interesting historical signs along the way, not to mention... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 4 hour rail trip was good fun; the carts easy to operate - with good instructions. Great scenery. The only let down was the stop for 'soup and a bun' in an old town hall. The Women's toilets were unclean and in very poor condition and, after waiting so long to use the one fully functioning cubicle, the bread... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An unique trip with fabulous people. Well organised but in the usual relaxed New Zealand way. Travelling on the 5 tunnel run on golf carts is a trip with a difference.

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Chaps65, General Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed the 5 tunnel tour - this is a new tour this season and we're really pleased with the response we've got from those that have taken the ride. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I enjoy rail travel and were looking for that something that is a little bit different. On the bucket list was the Forgotten World Adventure rail trip through the backblocks of New Zealand. This led us to this unique, typical New Zealand, experience. We are both aged in our mid to late seventies but had no trouble... More 

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Chaps65, General Manager at Forgotten World Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your very detailed account of your experience on our Rail and River Run. I can't fault the details. We are working to gather more of the history of the Maori settlements/travels and stories for this area. Really happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience so much. We love sharing this place we call the 'Forgotten World' with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to do this in a day when the Tongariro crossing was closed due to bad weather, and originally had planned to do the cycle option, but decided under cover carts were better for a rainy day. It was a great way to kill a few hours! The guide was a true local and did a great job, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the 10 tunnel tour then checked the weather forecast which stated showers. As it turned out we experienced the odd shower of rain but this didn't detract from the experience at all. Our guide and driver were awesome and made this whole experience memorable. At the end we wished there was more, we enjoyed it so much. Definitely... More 

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Thank Ruth R
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our day on the Forgotten Railway was so enjoyable. Our guide told us the history on the region in story format and it was easy listening to him. Morning and afternoon teas with home baking and a great 'make your own lunch' from fresh breads, wraps, along with a range of salad vegetables, ham and pickles.....delicious! The rail carts were... More 

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