THIS ONE'S REALLY DIFFERENT! TRAVEL BY INDEPENDENT RAIL CART
The Rail Cart Adventure (15 min drive)
This new adventure begins near Timber Trail Centre and takes you for up to three days along a disused railway track through 24 tunnels, forests and farmlands, and over 98 bridges. The mode of transport is self-driven individual rail carts - all the way to the edge of Mt Taranaki, some 150 kms away. Forgotten World Adventures that created this adventure won the People’s Choice Tourism Award in 2018 and a offer range of packages for different durations (none of which are cheap).
More info: https://www.forgottenworldadventures.co.nz/routes-and-trails/?type=2 and https://www.lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand/activities/the-ultimate-taumarunui-to-stratford/a/pa-act/v-37234P10/362795