The Forgotten Highway Tour

Hosted Tour from Whangarei – 8 Days / 7 nights: From $2775 share twin each

On day one we depart you will be collected early from your Whangarei homes as we head south to Hamilton (1 night) with stops along the way. Just south of Hamilton we explore two of Waitomo’s caves including the incredible modern architectural wonder of the Ruakuri staircase ascending deep into the cavern. We finish day two at Tauramanui (2 nights).

The next day our 5 & ½ hour rail cart excursion takes us through breathtaking landscapes, including the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km. Leaving Tauramanui, we travel down highway 43 – “The Forgotten Highway”. Our journey first takes us via the Tangarakau Ghost Town, the Moki tunnel, the quirky old Whangamomona Pub in the republic of Whanamomona! We’ll have lunch here, then it’s over the Strathmore Saddle and on to Stratford (1 night). The next day we visit Mt Taranaki in the Egmont National Park, then in the afternoon continue on to Whanganui (1 night).

During our morning in Whanganui, we board the MV Wairua Riverboat for a 1 & ½ hour cruise on the Whanganui River,
Then head north via the Horopito Motors museum/scrapyard before arriving at Chateau Tongariro (1 night).
We have a leisurely morning in the National park area before you board the 1.15pm Northern Explorer Train to Auckland (while your bags go up in the Mini Van).

Your van will be waiting at Auckland Train station to meet you as you arrive at 6.50pm, then we will make our way to our hotel in central Auckland (1 night).

We have a leisurely morning in Auckland, then head home to Whangarei to arrive back at your homes in the early evening.

The best week ever – exploring the Forgotten Highway!


• You, Me & Friends Host/Driver/organiser
• Pick up & drop off from your central Whangarei home
• Shuttle van for 8 Days
• 6 nights in three star accommodation
• Daily breakfasts
• Welcome Dinner
• Entrance to 2 Waitomo Caves
• 5 hour Rail Cart tour
• Sightseeing on the Forgotten Highway
• Egmont National Park
• MV Wairua Riverboat Cruise
• Entrance to Horopito Motors Museum
• 1 night at the Chateau Tongariro
• Dinner at Chateau Tongariro
• Daily breakfasts
• Train: National Park to Auckland
• Morning sightseeing in Auckland

Share twin:  $2775 each   /  Single room $3575 each

Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!