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.
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.