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Rail Carting - Dargaville Rail and River Tours

Discover Dargaville’s rich history and surrounds on a fantastic rail carting tour!


  • A unique experience that will be enjoyed by the whole family
  • Beautiful farmland and river scenery
  • Drive along the historic railway in your groups own converted golf cart

Discover Dargaville’s rich history and surrounds on a fantastic rail carting tour!

Experience this fascinating Northland river town in the comfort and control of a converted self-drive golf cart.

Cruise the historic unused railway line between Dargaville and Tangowahine for a relaxing and entertaining adventure along the historic Northern Wairoa River.

A complete contrast to city life, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and soak in the tranquillity of the region as you cruise historical sights and peaceful farmland.

An authentic experience of one of New Zealand’s favourite rural towns.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, the Dargaville Rail Carting Tour is a truly unique experience the whole family will love!

Adult $80.00
Child $40.00 (Aged 6-14 years)
NZ Gold Card Holder $65.00 (Must present valid NZ Gold ID Card)


  • 2 - 2.5 Hours


  • Station Road, Dargaville 0310, New Zealand

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Track Distance:28 km return

    Departures:Daily 11am from Station Road, Dargaville

    Seating Capacity:Each Cart can carry up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, or 2 adults and 3 smaller sized children. Only your group members will share your cart.

    What to Bring:For those who want to take the wheel, you will need to bring a valid driving license. Warm clothing, enclosed footwear (no open-toed shoes), windbreaker and camera.

  • Children under 6 years travel free with a paying adult.

Available Bookings from September 18 to September 24

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sat 18 Sep
Sun 19 Sep
Mon 20 Sep
Tue 21 Sep
Wed 22 Sep
Thu 23 Sep
Fri 24 Sep

  • Adult$62.00
  • Child$36.00
  • NZ Gold Card Holder$65.00

  • Adult$80.00
  • Child$40.00
  • NZ Gold Card Holder$65.00

  • Adult$59.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$40.00
  • NZ Gold Card Holder$65.00

  • Adult$59.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$26.00
  • NZ Gold Card Holder$65.00

  • Adult$64.00
  • Child$40.00
  • NZ Gold Card Holder$65.00

  • Adult$52.00
  • Child$32.00
  • NZ Gold Card Holder$65.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


53 reviews

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Glen from New Zealand wrote on 28 March 2021

Great relaxing fun

Great fun way to travel through the country side. Comfortable carts and easy to operate Run by a great group of guys and the scones and pikelets provided at the turn around point were to die for. Try out this unique experience, it’s great fun and value for money.

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Terri from New Zealand wrote on 20 July 2020

The ultimate -e-bike on a rail trail

After the severe weather in Northland, we were nervous about this - but we needn't have worried. We had a great trip, taking about an hour to trundle along the rail tracks through flooded farmland and past the river. At the far end, out three hosts (who looked after us really well) provided tea, coffee and scones. Then back on the cart, for a slow trundle back. We thoroughly recommend it!

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Sandra from New Zealand wrote on 31 January 2020

Great fun. My grandsons and I loved it

We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Such a simple idea which works. Well done

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Carol Banks from New Zealand wrote on 16 September 2020

Such a shame

I booked on book me and it said there were 12 places left. The booking accepted my payment and I received a confirmation booking. Later that day I received an email from the operator saying they were fully booked. We had originally book this day as the weather was due to be fine. We were offered the following day but it was raining heavily.

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Jo McCammon from New Zealand wrote on 15 August 2021

Back to our roots

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Scones and cuppa tea at the other end we’re just lovely too! Thank you!

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      NZ Gold Card Holder Must present valid NZ Gold ID Card

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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