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.
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