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Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour

Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour - Whanganui, New Zealand

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Location: Whanganui, New Zealand

From USD
$38.02

Discover one of the North Island gems in New Zealand’s crown on this half-day Whanganui sightseeing tour. Travel by minibus through Whanganui with a guide, and gain insight into the region’s rich history and heritage ... More info ›

Discover one of the North Island gems in New Zealand’s crown on this half-day Whanganui sightseeing tour. Travel by minibus through Whanganui with a guide, and gain insight into the region’s rich history and heritage. Discover top attractions including the Bason Botanical Gardens, Virginia Lake, and the Whanganui Royal Opera House. Perhaps take the elevator to the top of the Durie Hill Tower (own expense), and enjoy sweeping views over the Tasman Sea, Mt. Ruapehu, and Mt Taranaki. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off at your Whanganui hotel.

Following a morning pickup at your accommodation in Whanganui, transfer to the Whanganui tourist office for 9:30am to meet your guide and begin your 2.5-hour tour.

First, take a seat in your minibus and spin onward to the Durie Hill Tower. On arrival, take the elevator (own expense) to the top and admire panoramic views over Whanganui’s rooftops to the Tasman Sea, Mt. Ruapehu, and Mt Taranaki.

From here, explore local landmarks including the Bason Botanical Gardens, the 19th-century military redoubt, Virginia Lake’s winter gardens and waterlily fountain, Wanganui Collegiate, and the Whanganui Royal Opera House — widely considered among the town’s more important sites of interest.

Listen as your guide sheds light on Whanganui’s colorful history and heritage, then return in comfort to your Whanganui hotel to conclude your sightseeing tour.

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Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour - Tongariro, New Zealand

Duration: 1 to 3 hrs
Location: Tongariro, New Zealand

From USD
$19.99

Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.


Experience a hiker’s self-guided audio tour of the widely popular Tongariro Crossing. This tour will take you on a 7 hour journey through this cultural and geographical mecca of New Zealand ... More info ›

Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.


Experience a hiker’s self-guided audio tour of the widely popular Tongariro Crossing. This tour will take you on a 7 hour journey through this cultural and geographical mecca of New Zealand. During this walk you will see huge craters and colourful lakes while being mesmerised by the beautiful and astounding nature of New Zealand.

Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks. In this audio tour, learn about the volcanic activity and the craters that are found in the area like the Red, Central and North Crater. This 7 hour hike will tell you about Māori myths and legends while walking through this legendary area that was also made famous by the filming of The Lord of the Rings. You will also see the Lower Mangatepopo Valley, Mount Ruapehu, Soda Springs, Upper Mangatepopo Valley, Ngauruhoe Summit, the Oturere Valley Lookout, the Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake and Lake Rotoaira with North Views, Ketetahi Springs, and the Totara Forest. This is your tour to do at your own pace.

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5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui

5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui - Taumarunui, New Zealand

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Location: Taumarunui, New Zealand

From USD
$114.05

Experience the first 16km of the Forgotten World Railway. Enjoy a taste of the Forgotten World journey ... More info ›

Experience the first 16km of the Forgotten World Railway. Enjoy a taste of the Forgotten World journey.  Travel through 5 tunnels including the longest tunnel (1.5km) on the line before stopping for a drink and a cookie and returning on the rails back through the 5 tunnels (bonus!) to the start point.

This is a 32km round trip, cruising through stunning hill country farms and native bush.

Time : Depart our Taumarunui depot at 12.00pm. 

The Adventure:

Experience the first 16km of the Forgotten World Railway. Enjoy a taste of the Forgotten World journey.  Travel through 5 tunnels including the longest tunnel (1.5km) on the line before stopping for a drink and a cookie and returning on the rails back through the 5 tunnels (bonus!) to the starting point.

Included in your day:
Shuttles to/from our Taumarunui Depot out to the RailCarts at Okahukura, morning or afternoon tea and of course your RailCart

What to bring:

In this region the weather is changeable and it’s best to prepare for all conditions no matter the season.  Layered clothing with a good wind/rain jacket or shell is ideal. The RailCarts have plastic side-curtains that provide reasonable rain protection. 

We suggest the following should be taken with you on the RailCart:

  • Sunglasses, Camera, Binoculars
  • Water and extra snacks if required
  • Warm thermal/merino clothing, including hat, scarf and gloves
  • Sturdy footwear (no jandals) with warm socks
  • Warm windproof jacket with hood even in fine weather
  • 100% Rainproof coat and over-trousers if rain is predicted

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20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour

20 Tunnel - Rail Cart Tour - Taumarunui, New Zealand

Duration: 10 hours
Location: Taumarunui, New Zealand

From USD
$224.65

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 ... More info ›

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.

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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Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune

Old Coach Road Self-Guided Bike Tour from Ohakune - Ohakune, New Zealand

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Ohakune, New Zealand

From USD
$30.41

Ride along the historic Ohakune Old Coach Road at your own pace on this 4-hour unguided bike trail. This native bush corridor on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu is an exciting adventure, a journey back in time. Ride past the concrete piers for the bridge which crossed the Haeremaere Stream on the original railway alignment, the steel lattice Taonui Railway Viaduct, and enjoy expansive views across the Waimarino Plains and of the mighty Mt Ruapehu, magnificent Rimu trees and of course the Hapuawhenua Viaduct.
A fantastic day ride for people of all ages and abilities.

Start your journey at base in Ohakune where you will be fitted with a helmet, bike and safety kit before being given a safety briefing and talked through the ride.

You will be offered the free app to help guide you through the trip ... More info ›

Ride along the historic Ohakune Old Coach Road at your own pace on this 4-hour unguided bike trail. This native bush corridor on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu is an exciting adventure, a journey back in time. Ride past the concrete piers for the bridge which crossed the Haeremaere Stream on the original railway alignment, the steel lattice Taonui Railway Viaduct, and enjoy expansive views across the Waimarino Plains and of the mighty Mt Ruapehu, magnificent Rimu trees and of course the Hapuawhenua Viaduct.
A fantastic day ride for people of all ages and abilities.

Start your journey at base in Ohakune where you will be fitted with a helmet, bike and safety kit before being given a safety briefing and talked through the ride.

You will be offered the free app to help guide you through the trip. Once you are ready, the shuttle will take you and your bike to the Horopito end of the Old Coach Road.

Horopito is 150 meters higher than Ohakune so overall you have an easier ride. The ride will cover Open farmland, native bush, viaducts, train tunnels and more. As you arrive at the Ohakune end of the trail there is an optional pump track and beautiful ride down besides the Mangawhero River back to base where you will finish your ride.

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Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk (including Lord of the Rings Highlights)

Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk (including Lord of the Rings Highlights) - National Park, New Zealand

Duration: 4 hours
Location: National Park, New Zealand

From USD
$120.97

If for whatever reason you are unable to spend the day walking the Tongariro Crossing but want to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park then the 4 hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is for you.

All transfers meet at the Adrift base the morning of the tour where our guides will check everyone in, go over the days trip conditions and asses and provide the required equipment, and additional clothing and boots if needed. 

Adrift have a shop which has all equipment, boots and clothing for hire to supplement that which you don’t have and the team at Adrift deem to be necessary to ensure that you are safe and comfortable with the weather and environment for the day. There is a $40 free allowance for clothing and boots ... More info ›

If for whatever reason you are unable to spend the day walking the Tongariro Crossing but want to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tongariro National Park then the 4 hour Half Day Volcanic Explorer Guided Walk is for you.

All transfers meet at the Adrift base the morning of the tour where our guides will check everyone in, go over the days trip conditions and asses and provide the required equipment, and additional clothing and boots if needed. 

Adrift have a shop which has all equipment, boots and clothing for hire to supplement that which you don’t have and the team at Adrift deem to be necessary to ensure that you are safe and comfortable with the weather and environment for the day. There is a $40 free allowance for clothing and boots. Boots are $15, all clothing is $10 per item. 

Once we meet you, you are under our guidance so you can then relax and enjoy the journey with Adrift. 

Where possible we will start on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track and head up to Soda Springs before returning to the start. At Soda Spirngs we give you the option to upgrade to the full day walk and join in with the full day guided party to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There is an additional $50pp fee for this upgrade.

Additionally If there is anyone in the group who is unable to walk for the 4 hours on the Tongariro Crossing Track then we as a group will chose the option of driving to view points which require less physicality. We have a menu of smaller walks we can enjoy to ensure you get to see and enjoy all you can in the 4 hours. We will talk and show you all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions geology flora and fauna discovery and settlement of NZ myths and legends and last but not least Lord of the Rings filming sites included and not included in the trilogy.

Here are some of the most popular Tongariro sites we choose from take you to see in the 4 hours:

Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls, Silica Rapids, Soda Springs, Pukeonake, Whakapapanui River, Tawhai falls, Meads Wall.

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