Rail and River Run

Enjoy the best of both forgotten worlds, encountering 10 tunnels and 20 bridges, in Rail and River Run that mixes nostalgia with adrenaline. Journey 30km by railcart on the Forgotten World Railway and 23km by jet boat on the majestic Whanganui River.



7 hours

Difficulty Level

Easy to Medium

Nostalgia with adrenaline

The best of both forgotten worlds.

Choose from two departure times:

Either… Starting early from our Taumarunui depot, you’ll ride the rails first to arrive at Tokirima. Then ride our shuttle to the Ohinepane Landing to board the jet boat for an informative river journey back to Taumarunui.

Or… Start later in the morning.  Your shuttle awaits, to take you to the waiting jet boat at Taumarunui's Cherry Grove. From here, journey down river to Ohinepane Landing.  

Then you climb aboard your personal RailCart for a fun,  leisurely40km along the tracks through the region’s spectacular, remote landscapes. Out here, no one can hear you make the train noises!

With either option, a complimentary welcome lunch will be served along the way.

Two departure times to suit your preference. 

Important Information

Included in your day:

Lunch, shuttles, RailCart and Jet Boat

We suggest you bring/wear:

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (there will be great opportunities to use it!)
  • Binoculars
  • Water and extra snacks if required
  • Windproof/rainproof jacket with hood even in fine weather
  • Dress in fine layers rather than bulk (we love merino and cashmere)
  • Hat, scarf and gloves, sturdy footwear and warm socks
  • Pack a rainproof coat and over-trousers
  • Any personal medication as required
  • We may meet local artisans at some of our stops.  You may like to bring along a little cash in case something appeals.

Due to the nature of a railway the schedule is subject to change.

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  • My wife and I went on the River and Rail Run and it was one of the best trips we have done. The rail run was something completely different from anything we're done before. All of the staff were great attending to our every need. Maree in particular was very knowledgeable and great fun too. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone.

    Louis Lincoln, Spain

  • We booked as a surprise for our respective partners, the river and rail trip. From being greeted like lost friends at the front office by the girls to Alan on the jet-boat and Ray, Rob and Mitchell on the rail-carts and Vaughan on the bus, they have assembled an enthusiastic crew that made the day a pleasure wit their little quips, a great knowledge of the area and the scenery was second to none. A very professional setup that I would recommend to put on everyone's bucket list.

    B T Stiling

  • Fantastic day highly recommend to all! - We did the river and rail run and had a fabulous time learning the history and taking in the wonderful countryside along the way. The guides were excellent and all the staff were very friendly and informative. Had a great lunch set up after the jet boat ride to prepare us for the rail run.

    Willeson, Auckland

  • We've wanted to go on the railcarts for some time and a visit from my brother and sister in law was the perfect excuse. We were greeted my big smiles when we arrived at FWA HQ. Those smiles were on every staff members face as we came across them at different junctures of the trip. The railcart was easy to drive and to trip to Tokirima was fun, scenic and informative. Our guide, Ray, drew on his personal knowledge of the people and area to make our journey very personable - I felt connected. The jetboat ride had the usual jet boat thrills but the Wanganui River is a very different character to the Shotover or Waikato. She's an old lady with lots of history and stories - and rapids of course.

    Tim, Owhango

  • Relaxing, kiwi adventure. Great scenery, old relics and history. Informative friendly guide. Recommend it for family and friend groups. Close encounters with locals and animals and nature.

    Susan Bones