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Forgotten World Garden Tours

Enjoy a little luxury, a great view, fine dining and a sense of style on your adventures? Our Forgotten World Garden Tours will open your eyes to a whole other world! Choose to add a dash of excitement and travel by down the Whanganui River by Jet Boat, or by road along the Forgotten World Highway.

Four gorgeous gardens; Bradley’s Garden, To Whenua, Omaka Lodge and Lauren’s Lavender Farm make up the Forgotten World Gardens. 

Those travelling by Jet Boat can climb up from the river landing to a working lavender farm amidst gardens with café and a shop full of delightful scented luxuries.  Or we’ll pick you up from a little further along if the hill is too steep. 

Bradley's Garden
Bradley's Garden

Omaka Lodge
Omaka Lodge

Omaka Lodge sits amid mature trees and rhododendrons in an established yet ever-changing garden, a tranquil, flowered oasis surrounded by green hills and farmland.  Chris and Scott are wonderful hosts and lunch at the lodge is an experience to be savoured. 

To Whenua is a charming, smaller garden set on a hillside overlooking a broad bend in the Whanganui River.  Elle is a skilled horticulturalist who is developing her own patch of magic here, complete with secret spaces, a delightful dell, terraces and a small orchard. 

Bradley’s Garden is an elegant country garden spreading over five acres and was recently recognised as a Garden of National Significance.  Landscaped into garden rooms and featuring ponds, amphitheatre, fountain, and mini-golf course, the grounds often host weddings and events.

Our tours offer you the chance to peek beyond the tree-lined verge, to wander off the beaten track into the enchanting wonderlands that the dedicated gardeners of the Forgotten World call home.

To Whenua
To Whenua

Lauren's Lavender Farm
Lauren's Lavender Farm

* Please note that a minimum of 4 passengers are required for all of our garden tours. Not all the gardens are open year round, for a winter experience try: Jet Boat Tour – Winter in the Forgotten World Gardens.


Our Forgotten World Garden Experiences

Forgotten World Gardens by Jet Boat

Jet Boat from Taumarunui | 4 Gardens | Lunch at Omaka Lodge | Afternoon Platter with Wine
Bradley's Garden  |  To Whenua  |  Omaka Lodge  |  Lauren's Lavender Farm
5-6 hours (approx) - $400 pp

A very special day out! Get a group together for this scenic Jet Boat journey from Cherry Grove, Taumarunui to Lauren’s Lavender Farm and back by road along the Forgotten World Highway via four stunning gardens. After a thrilling jet boat ride through the most exciting part of the Whanganui River you’ll enjoy a coffee (or other non-alcoholic beverage) while gazing out over magnificent rows of lavender and exploring the surrounding garden at Lauren’s Lavender Farm. Your driver will chauffeur you down the road to the splendid established gardens at Omaka Lodge, where you can work up an appetite strolling the grounds of this tranquil oasis amongst mature trees and rhododendrons. Our hosts here put on a delightful spread for a leisurely lunch with friends. Next along the road is To Whenua, a gorgeous, smaller hillside garden with secret spaces, delightful dells and Elle’s art studio. Finally, we visit the elegant Bradley’s Garden where you’ll have the option of garden tour and/or mini golf and you’ll enjoy a delectable afternoon cheese board platter with a glass of wine for the perfect finish to your day.

PHONE TO BOOK   call us on 0800 252 946 to check availability.

Jet Boat Tour - Omaka Lodge Garden and Lunch

Jet Boat from Taumarunui | 2 Gardens | Lunch at Omaka Lodge
Omaka Lodge  |  Lauren's Lavender Farm
3-4 hours (approx) - $330 pp

Indulge yourself with this scenic Jet Boat journey from Cherry Grove, Taumarunui to Lauren’s Lavender Farm and back by road along the Forgotten World Highway, with a stop at Omaka Lodge for a long, leisurely lunch and garden tour. After a thrilling jet boat ride through the most exciting part of the Whanganui River you’ll enjoy a coffee (or other non-alcoholic beverage) while gazing out over magnificent rows of lavender and exploring the surrounding garden at Lauren’s Lavender Farm. Your driver will chauffeur you down the road to the splendid established gardens at Omaka Lodge, where you can work up an appetite strolling the grounds of this tranquil oasis amongst mature trees and rhododendrons. Our hosts here put on a delightful spread for a leisurely lunch with friends in this idyllic setting.

PHONE TO BOOK   call us on 0800 252 946 to check availability.

Jet Boat Tour - Bradley’s Garden

Jet Boat from Taumarunui | 2 Gardens | Afternoon Platter with Wine
Bradley's Garden  |  Lauren's Lavender Farm
3-4 hours (approx) - $330 pp

A scenic journey by Jet Boat from Cherry Grove, Taumarunui to Lauren’s Lavender Farm and back by road on the Forgotten World Highway via the stunning Bradley’s Garden. After a thrilling jet boat ride through the most exciting part of the Whanganui River you’ll enjoy a coffee (or other non-alcoholic beverage) while gazing out over magnificent rows of lavender and exploring the surrounding garden at the Lavender Farm. Your driver will then take you back along the Forgotten World Highway to the relaxed, country elegance of Bradley’s Garden where you’ll enjoy a delectable afternoon cheese board platter with a glass of wine. Play a round of mini golf and/or explore the five-acre grounds by guided tour.

PHONE TO BOOK   call us on 0800 252 946 to check availability.

Forgotten World Gardens Tour

Departs Taumarunui | 4 Gardens | Lunch at Omaka Lodge | Afternoon Platter with Wine
Bradley's Garden  |  To Whenua  |  Omaka Lodge  |  Lauren's Lavender Farm
5-6 hours (approx) - $200 pp

Get a group of friends together for this special day out touring the Forgotten World Gardens. Your driver can collect you from your home or accommodation in Taumarunui before a gentle drive out into the country to Lauren’s Lavender Farm, where your tour begins. Gaze out over magnificent rows of lavender and explore the surrounding garden at the Lavender Farm whilst enjoying a coffee (or other non-alcoholic beverage). Journeying back along the Forgotten World Highway we visit the splendid established gardens at Omaka Lodge, where you can work up an appetite strolling the pathways of this tranquil oasis amongst mature trees and rhododendrons. Our hosts here put on a delightful spread for a leisurely lunch with friends. After lunch, we stop at To Whenua, a gorgeous, smaller hillside garden with secret spaces, delightful dells and Elle’s art studio overlooking a bend in the Whanganui River. The final location on your tour is the elegant Bradley’s Garden. Here you’ll have the option of a garden tour around the five-acre grounds and/or a game of mini golf. Enjoy a delectable afternoon cheese board platter with a glass of wine for the perfect finish to your day.

PHONE TO BOOK   call us on 0800 252 946 to check availability.

Jet Boat Tour - Winter in the Forgotten World Gardens

Jet Boat from Taumarunui | 2 Gardens | Afternoon Tea
Bradley's Garden  |  To Whenua
4 hours (approx) - $300 pp - includes pick up from Taumarunui

Get a group of friends together for this special winter outing. An invigorating, scenic Jet Boat tour from Cherry Grove, Taumarunui down the historic Whanganui River to Ohinepane, where you’ll warm up with a hot cuppa from the thermos and a snack before we hit the road. Journeying back along the Forgotten World Highway we visit To Whenua, a gorgeous, smaller hillside garden with secret spaces, delightful dells and Elle’s art studio overlooking a bend in the Whanganui River. If we’re lucky Elle will have the mulled wine ready! Just a little further along the road is the elegant Bradley’s Garden which was recently recognised as a Garden of National Significance. Here you’ll stroll around the landscaped grounds featuring ponds, amphitheatre and fountain before returning to Taumarunui.

PHONE TO BOOK   call us on 0800 252 946 to check availability.

Your safety is important to us and we reserve the absolute right to not allow passengers to travel by jet boat when we consider the river conditions or weather forecasts are unfavourable, or for any other reason, at our sole discretion. In the event that we consider the river to be unsafe, we will offer an alternative date or fully refund any deposit or other payment made. If we consider the river to be safe for your trip and you choose not to go, we reserve the right to keep any deposit or payment made.