A mixture of nostalgia and adrenaline

Lush and green, discover the unique landscapes of a forgotten world along the decommissioned railway line from Taumarunui and by jet boat on the Whanganui River.

On this exceptional day trip run by Forgotten World Adventures, you will explore 10 hand-dug tunnels, cross 20 bridges, and make a splash along the incredible scenic river.

This will truly be a day to remember.

How to find Forgotten World – Rail River Run

Forgotten World Adventures will pick you up from your chosen accommodation within Taumarunui.

9 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920

History of Taumarunui’s Rail Line

Located in the North Island, Taumarunui is a small town that is most well-known for its railway history, farming, weaving, golf, and cycle trails. Originally a Maori settlement, it quickly turned into a bustling hub of activity when European settlers arrived to work on the railway in 1908. Dating back to the 20th century, this rail line connected the North Island’s east and west coasts and was known as the North Island Main Trunk line. Taumarunui was a crucial stop along the way.

During the second World War, this railway was imperative for transporting troops, supplies and was a key location for troop deployments. Today, the rail line plays a vital role of supporting the region’s economy by moving timber and dairy products and by brining visitors to enjoy the playground of natural activities.

Getting there

You can travel to Taumarunui and experience Rail River Run by booking a journey along our Northern Explorer train route. Include this exhilarating experience by speaking with our Travel Centre today.