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Bridge to Nowhere & Forgotten Worlds

Bridge to Nowhere & Forgotten Worlds

7 days / 6 night Tour with stays in Taumarunui, Whanganui, Taihape & Napier plus of course the Whanganui River and Forgotten World Highway.
 

We follow rail, river and walking tracks, once the lifeblood of the Central North Island. Ride rail carts and cruise the Whanganui River by jet boat up to the landing to the Bridge to Nowhere. Then the delights of Hawkes Bay await, reached via the historic “Gentle Annie” route.

Tour at a Glance

Tour Prices$3,290 per person twin share

$600 single supplement

Tour Dates
29 Mar – 4 Apr, 2022
10 – 16 Apr, 2022
27 Apr – 3 May, 2022

 

Partnership

Some great news… while we wait for international borders to re-open, there is no better time to see a bit of our own backyard and help our local communities get back to business. 

We’re excited to let you know that we have partnered with MoaTours, one of New Zealand’s leading and most trusted local tour operators since 1971. MoaTours offers a range of small group tours all over New Zealand that we think you’ll love — from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island.  

A a family run business just like Tours Direct, MoaTours has great connections and unbeatable local knowledge of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. They also share common values so we know you will be well looked after and have a great experience.

Thanks to the vision and energy of our hosts and their love of back country places we have all the fun – tootling along the track on golf carts and riding a jet boat up the Whanganui River. Then we drive the North Island’s best kept secret, the historic “Gentle Annie” route and later visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

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Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Day 1       Auckland - Rosenvale, Te Awamutu - Taupo

We depart Auckland and drive into the rural heart of the North Island before stopping at Rosenvale in the countryside near Te Awamutu to lunch with Penny Diprose.
We head for Taupo in the mid afternoon, stopping to admire the Huka Falls along the way. There’s time to stroll the lakefront and enjoy the views before dining in our lakeside hotel this evening.

 

Day 2       Taupo - Maungaraupi Country Estate, Hunterville - Wellington 

Forgotten Highway

This morning after breakfast we head south around the shores of Lake Taupo and down the Desert Road to lunch at Maungaraupi Country Estate, one of New Zealand’s most iconic heritage estates near Hunterville.
We continue down the coast, with views out to Kapiti Island, to reach Wellington in the late afternoon. We check into the five star downtown hotel, the Bolton, for two nights and dine in.

 

Day 3     Wellington sightseeing - World of WearableArts Awards Show

We visit Te Papa Museum, tour to Oriental Bay and drive up Mt Victoria for the city and harbour views. There’s time for checking out the shops and galleries too.

In the Ohariu Valley we lunch with Fee Weaver at Pepped Warbeck and stroll with Fee through her stunning garden.

We dine at Dockside restaurant on the waterfront a few steps away from the TSB Arena where we attend the 7.30pm performance of the World of WearableArt Awards Show. Your Platinum ticket to the show includes a copy of the WOW Souvenir Programme. Sit back and enjoy the magic.

 
 

 

Day 4      Wellington - Greytown - Gwavas Homestead - Napier 

We drive over the Remutaka Range to Greytown where boutique shops line the main street. Travel north up the Wairarapa passing the small towns of Norsewood and Waipukurau.
Nearby at Putiki a local guide tells the stories of the intricate Maori carvings and wall panels of At Gwavas in Tikokino, Hawkes Bay we lunch with Phyllida and Stuart Gibson. Tour this historic homestead and hear their stories of 150 years of family history. Then stroll with Stuart in the nine hectare woodland garden at its springtime best. We continue to Napier and stay two nights at Scenic Te Pania Hotel, dining in this evening.

 

Day 5     Driving the Art Deco Trail - Havelock North - Te Awanga      

This morning a specialist Art Deco guide boards our coach to tell the stories of the 1931 earthquake and Napier’s rebuild as we drive leisurely through the Art Deco suburbs and stop at the classic National Tobacco Company building.
We drive through the landscape of orchards and vineyards, touring to Hastings and Havelock North, to lunch at Church Road Winery. Returning along the picturesque Tukituki Road to Clive and Te Awanga. We dine in our hotel.

 

 

Day 6      Napier - Taupo - Moondance Manor lunch - Auckland 

We leave Napier after breakfast driving over the ranges to Taupo and on to Tamahere.

Our farewell lunch is hosted by Stephen and Jeanette Williams at Moondance Manor sitting amid beautiful gardens in Tamahere beside the Waikato River. We arrive home in Auckland in the early evening.

 

Day 1       Auckland - Otorohanga - Taumarunui

Leaving Auckland we drive south to stop for lunch hosted by Debbie and Fraser Robertson at Crosshills, a dairy farm near Otorohanga.
Later in the day we drive into Te Kuiti. The legendary All Black Colin (Pinetree) Meads farmed near this King Country town and his statue takes pride of place. Then we travel onto Taumarunui where we stay two nights and dine in at the Forgotten World Motel both evenings.

 

 

Day 2       Taumarunui - Forgotten World Rail carts - Whangamomona - Taumarunui 

Forgotten Highway

We call into Lauren’s Lavender Farm beside the Whanganui River then drive deep into the Forgotten World Highway to Whangamomona for lunch at the hotel. Stroll along the street and get acquainted with the history of this pioneer town and its “Republic” days.
Then your adventure on the tracks begins. Climb on the rail carts to travel from Whangamomona through the bushclad Tangarakau Gorge and on to Tokirima where your coach awaits to return to Taumarunui.

 

 

Day 3     Taumarunui - Pipiriki - Whanganui River - The Bridge to Nowhere - Whanganui  

At Pipiriki we meet our jet boat for an hour’s ride upstream in sublime scenery to the Mangapurua Landing. Depending on your level of fitness either walk with your guide to The Bridge to Nowhere (40 minutes, 1.5km, each way) or explore further upstream on the jet boat. The Bridge makes a poignant memorial to the WW1 servicemen who tried to farm there.
Returning downstream to Pipiriki we drive alongside the river, call into Jerusalem then on to Whanganui and the Aotea Motor Lodge.

 

 

Day 4      Whanganui Sightseeing - Taihape 

We get to know the town – meeting Lisa at the Whanganui Regional Museum to hear her stories of the region’s early history and see the remarkable collections on display. Then go behind the scenes with the curator at the Sarjeant Art Gallery to hear the stories behind their collections.
Nearby at Putiki a local guide tells the stories of the intricate Maori carvings and wall panels of St Paul’s Memorial church. Then, turning eastward, we drive inland to Taihape and stay at The Aspen Court Motel.

 

 

Day 5     Taihape - "Gentle Annie" road - Havelock North - Napier      

From Taihape we cross the Central Plateau to explore the Inland Patea Heritage Trail along the “Gentle Annie” travelled by the early Maori and stockmen.
There are historic sites, expansive views, a suspension bridge across the Rangitikei River and the largest sheep stations in the North Island. We lunch at Birdwood Gallery near Havelock North and stay two nights at Scenic Te Pania on the Napier waterfront.

 

 

 

Day 6      Napier Sightseeing - Art Deco Touring - Gannet Colony, Cape Kidnappers 

An Art Deco guide joins our coach as we tour to the National Tobacco Company building and Marewa, the surburb built in Art Deco style after the 1931 earthquake.
With a nature guide we enjoy a special experience – a three-hour overland safari along private farm roads to get close-up to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Later in the day we drive up Bluff Hill for the views.

 

 

 

Day 7     Napier - Taupo - Tamahere - Auckland      

Leaving Napier after breakfast we drive back northwards to Taupo and continue on to Tamahere stopping for lunch with Stephen and Jeanette Williams at Moondance Manor set in stunning gardens beside the Waikato River.
We return to Auckland through the Waikato farmlands arriving in the late afternoon.

 

Day 1       Auckland - Otorohanga - Taumarunui

Leaving Auckland we drive south to stop for lunch hosted by Debbie and Fraser Robertson at Crosshills, a dairy farm near Otorohanga.
Later in the day we drive into Te Kuiti. The legendary All Black Colin (Pinetree) Meads farmed near this King Country town and his statue takes pride of place. Then we travel onto Taumarunui where we stay two nights and dine in at the Forgotten World Motel both evenings.

 

 

Day 2       Taumarunui - Forgotten World Rail carts - Whangamomona - Taumarunui 

Forgotten Highway

We call into Lauren’s Lavender Farm beside the Whanganui River then drive deep into the Forgotten World Highway to Whangamomona for lunch at the hotel. Stroll along the street and get acquainted with the history of this pioneer town and its “Republic” days.
Then your adventure on the tracks begins. Climb on the rail carts to travel from Whangamomona through the bushclad Tangarakau Gorge and on to Tokirima where your coach awaits to return to Taumarunui.

 

 

Day 3     Taumarunui - Pipiriki - Whanganui River - The Bridge to Nowhere - Whanganui  

At Pipiriki we meet our jet boat for an hour’s ride upstream in sublime scenery to the Mangapurua Landing. Depending on your level of fitness either walk with your guide to The Bridge to Nowhere (40 minutes, 1.5km, each way) or explore further upstream on the jet boat. The Bridge makes a poignant memorial to the WW1 servicemen who tried to farm there.
Returning downstream to Pipiriki we drive alongside the river, call into Jerusalem then on to Whanganui and the Aotea Motor Lodge.

 

 

Day 4      Whanganui Sightseeing - Taihape 

We get to know the town – meeting Lisa at the Whanganui Regional Museum to hear her stories of the region’s early history and see the remarkable collections on display. Then go behind the scenes with the curator at the Sarjeant Art Gallery to hear the stories behind their collections.
Nearby at Putiki a local guide tells the stories of the intricate Maori carvings and wall panels of St Paul’s Memorial church. Then, turning eastward, we drive inland to Taihape and stay at The Aspen Court Motel.

 

 

Day 5     Taihape - "Gentle Annie" road - Havelock North - Napier      

From Taihape we cross the Central Plateau to explore the Inland Patea Heritage Trail along the “Gentle Annie” travelled by the early Maori and stockmen.
There are historic sites, expansive views, a suspension bridge across the Rangitikei River and the largest sheep stations in the North Island. We lunch at Birdwood Gallery near Havelock North and stay two nights at Scenic Te Pania on the Napier waterfront.

 

 

 

Day 6      Napier Sightseeing - Art Deco Touring - Gannet Colony, Cape Kidnappers 

An Art Deco guide joins our coach as we tour to the National Tobacco Company building and Marewa, the surburb built in Art Deco style after the 1931 earthquake.
With a nature guide we enjoy a special experience – a three-hour overland safari along private farm roads to get close-up to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Later in the day we drive up Bluff Hill for the views.

 

 

 

Day 7     Napier - Taupo - Tamahere - Auckland      

Leaving Napier after breakfast we drive back northwards to Taupo and continue on to Tamahere stopping for lunch with Stephen and Jeanette Williams at Moondance Manor set in stunning gardens beside the Waikato River.
We return to Auckland through the Waikato farmlands arriving in the late afternoon.

 

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance