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.
Rail Cart Adventure
Your second adventure will ease you through back country ghost towns and untouched landscapes by self-drive rail cart.
Breathing in the sweet, clean, air of the rolling plains as you glide down the forgotten railway, sit back and relax and take in the beautiful landscapes on this hands-free rail cart experience. From the dark dripping tunnels to the lush green countryside, you’re sure to discover the unique flora and fauna that inhabits this forgotten world.
Jet Boating along the Whanganui River
Join the Jet Boat experience for a unique mixture of tranquil nature and high-octane excitement.
Dancing over tumbling rapids, travel 23 km up the Whanganui River to witness the serene green hues of dense forest. Speeding along by jet boat towards the next destination, Cherry Grove, this thrilling adventure will be quite the adrenaline rush.
The Whanganui River is a sacred area for Māori who used the river as a highway, a food source, playground, and spiritual home. In 2017, New Zealand even passed a groundbreaking new law that granted the river to identify as a person. The law declares that the river is a living whole, from the mountains to the sea, and incorporates its physical and metaphysical elements.
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.
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.