Rotorua, North Island

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Travel along railway lines in your own powered self-drive, 4-seat railway vehicle called the RailCruiser.

Comfortably seating 2 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 small children,enjoy a state of the art petrol-electric, self-drive hybrid rail vehicle!

Comfortable seats, unobstructed views and an audio tour that will have you discover a unique piece of NZ railway history.

This is a perfectly unique family trip, where groups of RailCruisers are spaced apart and travel 10km together in one direction

RailCruising

RailCruising is a new tourist activity that allows people just like you the ability to travel along railway lines in your own powered self-drive, 4-seat railway vehicle called the RailCruiser. Comfortably seating 2 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 small children, you will enjoy a state of the art petrol-electric, self-drive hybrid rail vehicle that comes complete with comfortable seats, unobstructed views and an audio tour that will have you discover a unique piece of NZ railway history.

How does RailCruising work?

This is a perfectly unique family trip, where groups of RailCruisers are spaced apart and travel 10km together in one direction from Mamaku Railway Station to Tarukenga Railway Station.  Once you get to Tarukenga the Rail Cruisers are then turned around and you make your way back to Mamaku.  You will enjoy cruising along at 20km/hr, while you listen to an informative audio tour and discover a unique piece of New Zealand railway history. 

Made for all weather, including blankets to snuggle up in when the cooler weather arrives, you will enjoy riding along in the cab of your very own locomotive.  A one-of-a kind and unique experience that will provide you the freedom of being in your own RailCruiser with nothing ahead but the unobstructed curve of the rail stretching out into the distance and the clickety clack of the rail beneath you....families will love this experience!

Mamaku Express Rail Cruising Experience
Enjoy traveling through the beautiful Dansey Scenic Reserve on the steep 1:35 gradient railway in your own self-drive RailCruiser between Mamaku and Tarukenga return.  You will experience stunning lake views, rolling farmland and 360° views from your RailCruiser, that makes this trip the ultimate railway experience for all to enjoy. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

What to bring:
Warm clothing, windbreaker and camera.  RailCruises are designed for all weather use with drop down sides.

Rail Cruising Seating Capacity:
Each RailCruiser can carry up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, or 2 adults and 3 smaller sized children.

Departures:
Summer - from 1 November to 31 April
Daily at: 11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
* By special request for groups of 8 or more people we have departures in summer at 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Winter - from 1 May to 31 October
Daily at: 11:00am & 1:00pm

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.