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Dinner Meeting - 22 May 2018



Tue 22 May 2018, 06:00 pm


Tue 22 May 2018, 08:30 pm


Mana Cruising Club
Ngatitoa Domain (off Pascoe Avenue)


Travel, Issues Activity, History,


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



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When Ian Balme, farmer, former Waikato Regional councillor and keen outdoorsman, first saw the decommissioned Forgotten World rail line there was a spark of inspiration.

Ian, and his wife, Rachel, began Forgotten World Adventures in 2012. They put converted golf carts on an abandoned 142 km stretch of Railway line between Taumarunui and Stratford. Twenty-four hand-dug tunnels, ninety-eight bridges and a route through spectacular scenery have led to the venture being an overnight success story. As there is no physical or age barrier to participation, it has been a particular success amongst the ageing baby-boomers, a demographic many of us will fit into.

Since its inception, the business has continued to grow and now includes a jet boat company and works in closely with a local helicopter company to make the whole spectacular 'Forgotten World' more accessible.

If you would like to read more about 'Forgotten World Adventures' before you hear Ian speak, you can go here.

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