Forgotten World Adventures
Forgotten World Adventures
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Multi-day ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursBoat ToursSightseeing ToursRail Tours
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Forgotten World Adventures are experts in guided experiences throughout a seldom seen region of the Central North Island known as the Forgotten World. This spectacular destination is steeped in history and cultural significance. Abandoned since 2009, the 142km long Stratford-Okahuhura Line (SOL) with its 24 tunnels and 90 plus bridges, all hand-built, now serves as our playground. Choose from six unique adventures, each featuring an iconic self-driven guided rail cart journey between Taumarunui and Stratford. Enjoy a front row seat as you travel through the breathtaking, ever-changing landscape whilst discovering our country's cultural and pioneering history. Experiences can also include a jet boat ride along the Whanganui River, helicopter flight over the Whanganui National Park and visits to other historic landmarks and attractions. Be transported to a bygone era bursting with intrigue and embark on one of the most enchanting and genuine experiences New Zealand has to offer.
Taumarunui, New Zealand

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2024

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Departure488705
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Awesome experience, lots of local knowledge, history of the railway and area . Very pleasant and helpful crew. Would recommend to do trip to anyone.
Written 25 May 2024
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Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review - and for the 5-stars! We really do appreciate it. It's been a great season! Thanks too for recommending us to others_Laura & Grant (Owners)
Written 31 May 2024
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OnAir45692002274
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I highly recommend ticking one of these tours off your bucket list! whether you're a tourist or lived in NZ your entire life - it is well worth it, you get to see parts of NZ that you have probably never seen before.
The team are very friendly, helpful, organised and knowledgeable - they were definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
The tour itself is full of beautiful scenery, tunnels, bridges and great fun.
Also, you don't have to be a social person to do these group tours! even through you are doing this tour with many other groups of people, majority of the time you are actually by yourself/with your group as you will have your own cart shared with your group only - this is great for anti-social people who still want to do cool things!
Written 20 May 2024
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Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience with others and for giving us 5 stars! Yes, you have the opportunity to either sit by yourself in your own cart or sit with your own travel companions but we don't seat you with others in the tour group unless we have very particular circumstances on the day which might deem this necessary. The tranquility of the rail cart journey allows you to have leisurely chats with your travelling companions or time with your own thoughts. A magical disconnect from the pace of everyday life! So pleased you enjoyed your Forgotten World adventure with us. Maybe we'll see you again next season...!_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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Gillian B
Wellington, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A stunning immersive experience through a beautiful, lesser-known part of NZ.

Up ready to board the bus at 7.30am in Taumaranui to take us to the old traintrack. I was grateful I'd been warned to dress warmly as it was a nippy 3 degrees when we embarked on our golf buggies! But what a fresh and fun half day we had beneath the clear blue autumn skies .
The guides looked after us magnificently. Stops at interesting places with history and storytelling. (What a hardy bunch those pioneers were!) Fresh baking and tea or coffee in an alfresco setting alongside Matiere village. Lunch at Tokorima- more home baking, fresh bread, and diy sammies.
4.5 hours after commencing, we were driven back by minibus to Taumaranui as the jetboat rides back had ceased for the duration of the colder months. ( Next time, I'll do this). Some continued on their golf carts to Whangamomona.

But for a sense of interacting with the sights and sounds and smells of nature, hand-hewn tunnels, history, glorious autumnal hues, and NZ heartland, this can't be beat. Just dress warmly!
Written 18 May 2024
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What a great review! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. We're so pleased you enjoyed your Forgotten World adventure and it's great to hear you're already planning what you'd like to do when you next come to visit! We look forward to welcoming you back_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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Cushla D
Epsom, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We travelled The Forgotten Highway on an amazing Autumn Day. The colours of the trees, the light on the hills and to top it off the staff were amazing. Looked after us so well with the great tucker and their magic service. Picked up promptly from our accommodation, delivered to the tracks and off we went. Were given interesting information on the way. An amazing experience . A must thing to do in a beautiful part of NZ.
Written 14 May 2024
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Many thanks for taking the time to leave us this positive review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your Forgotten World adventure with us!_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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judith_stuartking
Hahei3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The professionalism of the crew was outstanding. Their attention to every detail, their communication and knowledge of the history of the railway was excellent. Being late in the season meant it was a bit chilly and we had prepared for that (resurrected our old ski clothing) but warm blankets & weatherproof gear was offered. Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea were the basics and plentiful and "Midges" home cooking, biscuits & cake were to die for.
The trip itself was breathtaking. New Zealand's back country with the Autumn colours is majestic and spectacular and makes one appreciate what a beautiful country we live in.
This was a "bucket list " trip for my 80th Birthday and the whole adventure, exceeded our expectation and we are giving it a "big shout out" to family & friends
Written 14 May 2024
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Judith, we can't thank you enough for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review. We are just delighted that you and your travelling companions had such a memorable Forgotten World adventure to mark your very special birthday. We wish you many congratulations on becoming an octogenarian! Thank you for choosing us as your birthday treat. We agree this little pocket of New Zealand is a magically spectacular place and we feel so fortunate to be able to share it with guests like yourself who clearly share our passion for the region. Thanks too for recommending us to your friends and family - that means the world to us and really does make a huge difference. We hope to welcome you back here one day_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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Chris and Stan
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Loved it. From the first contact of booking online to the final drop off after a long day nothing was a bother. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We both learnt a lot of history of the area and enjoyed the adapted carts trundling along the railway carts
Written 14 May 2024
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Great stuff. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are extremely fortunate to have such passionate, talented guides who really do care about the region and just want to share their knowledge with our guests. So pleased you both enjoyed your Forgotten World adventure with us_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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Nomad00956737175
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Had a great time. Right from the start from booking the trip on line to getting us back to the motel nothing was a bother. The guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. The trip was facinating and the food was nice, especially for my wife who is gluten free.
Written 14 May 2024
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Wonderful. Many thanks for your kind review. I'm especially pleased your wife felt well looked after and that you both had a great Forgotten World experience with us overall. We're just sorry we couldn't secure that fifth star from you this time. Maybe next time....Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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Wayne D
Tauranga13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An outstanding experience further enhanced by the quality of the staff and guides. A constant stream of scenery and history whilst cruising along in cleverly adapted golf carts.
Written 12 May 2024
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Many thanks for the positive review! Very much appreciated_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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kateoconnor
NSW, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
AMAZING! Everything from initial contact to make a booking to farewell us at the end of the tour was so smooth and efficient. The tour itself was sensory overload with the region offering beautiful scenery and just quintessential NZ. Our guides on the day were so informative but also just lovely to have a chat. I recommend that everyone add this unique tour to your bucket list.
Written 11 May 2024
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Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience with others and for the 5 stars! Congratulations for ticking us off your list! Thanks for having us on there in the first place - we're pleased we didn't disappoint_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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Allan Laurenson
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
An amazing experience which my friend and I will never forget .The carts the scenery the tunnels the lunch and the guides all combined to make it so great .
The scenery and being immersed in so much history and to see all the hard work our fore fathers went to laying all the track and building those tunnels is incredible .Any one considering doing this tour don't hesitate .
Written 10 May 2024
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Wonderful. Many thanks for taking the time to leave us this kind review and for the positive comments. Very much appreciated. Delighted you and your friend were able to share an unforgettable journey in the Forgotten World together. We hope you both took home some very happy and special memories_Laura & Grant (owners)
Written 2 June 2024
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