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20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour

20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour
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20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour
USD 218.69
The 20 Tunnel experience will transport you back through history, and get you home in time for dinner. This is a full day and more than 80km of total immersion into the true stories and tall tales woven into this unique landscape. From Okahukura to Whangamomona (or in reverse on alternate days), you’ll discover a different vista unfolding every time you emerge from a tunnel.  Our most popular tour.
What to Expect

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.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018
Great weekend

We had a great trip that we highly recommend. The guides Rob and Opal were very caring and their knowledge was exceptional and we were treated to a part of the North Island that is steeped in history. What a way to start at Tauramanui...More

Thank janma9b
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile
Great Day

A full and interesting tour. Our guides Rob and Adele were very knowledgeable and imparted this in an easy going manner. From tunnel 24 at Ohahukura to the pub at Whangamomona and the stops in between were a unique experience. We would definitely recommend this...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 9 May 2018
A trip down Memory Lane

We highly recommend this trip. A whole day with everything taken care of. Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea, Lunch all supplied. We had a glorious day which ensured the experience was a 100% perfect. The knowledge from our guide made the past in this forgotten railway...More

Thank lotus2014
Reviewed 24 April 2018
20 Tunnel Review

This should be on every Kiwis bucket list. We had the best day!!! 4 couples in 2 carts. Rob the guide was outstanding in his knowledge and care and Opal his sidekick was just the same. We were treated to a lot of very interesting...More

Thank JPrebs
Reviewed 11 April 2018
20 tunnel rail cart trip.

I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. It should be on every Kiwis bucket list as an important part of the history of Kiwi achievement , adaptability and ingenuity. A story to be very proud of. BUT the company running this tour is staffed by...More

1  Thank erathlou
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9 April 2018|
Response from Ayeaye2012 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so late in answering...I would drive to get there from Auckland. It is a nice trip. I am guessing 4 hours to get there but check on Google maps.