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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. 

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, little 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 bog garden, terraces and small orchard.

Bradley’s Garden is an elegant country garden spreading over five acres.  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.

Please note that a minimum of 4 passengers are required for all of our garden tours.  

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) - from $???.00pp +online booking fees

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, little 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.

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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) - from $???.00pp +online booking fees

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.

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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) - from $???.00pp +online booking fees

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.

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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) - from $???.00pp +online booking fees

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, little hillside garden with secret spaces, delightful dells and Elle’s art studio. 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.

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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.