Welcome to Taumarunui


For details on the Forgotten World Hwy between Taumarunui and Stratford, contact Eastern Taranaki Experience. Details on canoeing and kayaking on the Whanganui River can be obtained from Whanganui National Park.


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$456.98 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Ultimate Taumarunui to Stratford

Ultimate 1 – RailCarts travel along the line - Okahukura to Whangamomona to StratfordDay one:  RailCarts depart Taumarunui at 7.30am.  Arrive in Whangamomona approx 3.45pm. Transfer to your chosen Whangamomona accommodation where your luggage will await you.Day two:  Depart Whangamomona at 9.00am.  Arrive in Stratford approx. 3.00pm.  Return TravelReturn travel is not included in the tour price. Options for the end of your tour include:1.Catch the same day "Return" shuttle (additional to tour cost) $50 per person (approx 3 hours travel time)2.Have your car/vehicle/camper van (sorry we cannot shift rental vehicles) transferred to be waiting for you at the end of your adventure (additional to tour cost) $165 per vehicle3.  Enjoy onward travel by public transport from either Stratford or Taumarunui depending on where your tour ends.AccomodationAccomodation ravel is not included in the tour price. Your overnight accommodation in Whangamomona (dinner, bed and breakfast is additional to the tour price)

$246.06 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bridge to Nowhere

After checkin formalities are completed you will board our shuttle for a short 5 minute ride down to Cherry Grove where our jetboat will be waiting.  All aboard and its off skimming through the first set of rapids.  After passing Ohinepani Landing and the Lavender Farm Landing there will be more rapids to be negotiated before continuing  on into the Whanganui National Park.  Enjoy the history shared of early Maori settlements along these banks and spot the landings that were once such a vital lifeline to the early farmers in the area. Stop for morning tea then it's on to Mangaparua Landing where you disembark for a 40 minute stroll on a well defined track, through virgin native bush to the Bridge to Nowhere.  Once there enjoy the tranquility of this isolated area that they tried so hard to break in and farm.  Our guides will share the stories of their endeavors. After trekking back out to the jet boat it's time to find a picnic spot and relax and enjoy your picnic lunch.  There are more stories and sites to see on your way back up the river, arriving back at Cherry Grove in Taumarunui at approximately 4pm.  Our shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to our depot at the Forgotten World Motel.

$481.58 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Heli-Jet Combo Tour to Bridge to Nowhere over Whanganui National Park

A magnificent two part trip flying by helicopter into the heart of the Whanganui National Park and jet boating up the Whanganui River back to your start point in Taumarunui.Departing at 8:00am. You will be driven 50 minutes from our base in Taumarunui to the helicopter departure point near Raetihi.You will then fly into the heart of the Whanganui National Park where you will walk 30 - 45 mins to the Bridge to Nowhere. Here you can sit and relax, have a snack, hear the stories of the Mangapurua Valley and imagine what it must have been like to live in this isolated area as an early pioneer.Then it is a 30 min walk down to the river to board our jet boat.Travelling up stream you’ll pass through the middle reaches of the Whanganui National Park with it's deep gorges masked in native bush,  fern encased banks, caves and waterfalls then into King Country farmland and bush clad hills. Sometimes skimming through the bubbling rapids, sometimes gliding over water as smooth as glass. You'll observe remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats and as the main means of transport of early settlers. We'll stop and have lunch along the way. Arriving back in Taumarunui approximately 4:00pm. Please allow a little extra time in case lunch has taken longer than anticipated. A picnic by the river can sometimes be a hard place to leave!Child is considered 15 and under.

$228.49 Day Trips & Excursions

20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour

20 Tunnel 1:  RailCarts travel along the line - Okahukura to Whangamomona Time : Depart the FWA Taumarunui Depot at 7.30am and  arrive in Whangamomona approx 3.45pm. -  the "Same Day" shuttle will deliver you back to our Taumarunui depot at approx 5.45pm.The Adventure: Choose this tour if you are planning to: start and finish in Taumarunui OR start in Taumarunui, stay overnight in Whangamomona and return to Taumarunui the next day OR  start in Taumarunui and have your vehicle transferred to Whangamomona to continue your journey from there. Board the carts at Okahukura and enjoy the rural landscape of the King Country before plunging into the longest tunnel on the line.  Pass through the depleted settlements of Matiere and Ohura before arriving at Tokirima where lunch awaits you.  The afternoon takes you through the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and on to Whangamomona.  Take a wonder around the Republic before boarding our shuttle to travel by road back to Taumarunui along the famed State Highway 43 - The Forgotten World Highway. For those choosing to stay overnight or longer in Whangamomona - you will find your luggage awaiting you at your chosen accommodation.  Please note that neither accommodation nor next day shuttle are included in this tour.  Please contact the FWA booking office if you would like us to make a booking for either of these extras for you.

$242.55 Water Sports

Rail and River Run - Rail Cart and Jet Boat Tour

Explore the Okahukura-Stratford line, including the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5 kilometersDiscover the stunning scenery of the Whanganui River by jet boatEnjoy the up close encounters with wildlife and birds in our regionView Herlihy’s BluffA full day of adventure with all transfers, morning tea and lunch included After checking in at our office in the Forgotten World Motel and the completion of required forms, we will gather everyone together for a quick pre-trip briefing before boarding the shuttle bus to take the 10 minute bus ride to Okahukura where your RailCart awaits.  Once there and you have stowed your belongings in your cart, it's time for your driving instructions and then we are underway down the railway line.  You will pass through the longest tunnel on the line of 1.5 kms and several hand built brick tunnels.  At various point of interest down the line your guide with gather the convoy of RailCarts together and tell the stories of the early settlement of the area and how the railway became their point of connection.  Keep an eye out for native bird life and the many animals that can be seen from the railway corridor.   Stop for morning tea at the rural community hall of Matiere. A delicious Ploughmans lunch awaits you where the old Tokirima Station used to be.  Read the story boards and immerse yourself in the rural seclusion of this area.  After lunch it is time to board the shuttle bus again for the short journey down to Ohinepane Landing where your jet boat awaits.  While you are fitted with your life jacket you will hear how the Whanganui River was the earliest mode of transport in the area.  Step aboard our 15 seater Jet Boat "Ongarue" and enjoy the sights of the river while skimming your way back to Taumarunui.  Your shuttle vehicle will be at Cherry Grove to meet you and bring you back to our Forgotten World Motel.

$101.94 Water Sports

Lavender Run - Jet Boat Tour on the Whanganui River

40km return jetboat ride along the Whanganui RiverEntry to Lauren’s Lavendar farm (coffee & cake available to purchase at additional cost) Knowledgeable local river-guideReturn shuttles between Taumarunui and the Whanganui RiverAfter checking in at our office in the Forgotten World Motel and the completion of required forms, we will gather everyone together for a quick pre-tour briefing before boarding the shuttle bus to take the 5 minute bus ride to Cherry Grove where your Jet Boat awaits.Hear stories of how the first traders used the river as their connection to the coast while you are fitted with your lifejackets.  Step aboard the jet baot, get comfortable then its is off down the river to the Lauren's Lavender Farm Landing.  Disembark and climb the short staircase up to the Lavender Farm.  Relax in the gardens, enjoy a coffee at the cafe or browse the gift shop.  Then it's back down the stairs, life jackets on and all aboard for the journey home, hearing tales of the river and spotting wildlife and relics of river use in past days as you go.