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Rail Carting - Dargaville Rail and River Tours

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 tranquility 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

Children 6-16 yrs: $40.00


Duration: 2 - 2 ½ hours

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.


Available Bookings from April 22 to April 28

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  • Adult$65.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$32.00

  • Adult$62.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$40.00

  • Adult$62.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$36.00

  • Adult$80.00
  • Child$40.00

  • Adult$62.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$40.00

  • Adult$62.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$26.00

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


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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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karteekr from New Zealand wrote on 14 April 2021

Unique, special, joyful and scenic drive....

It's been in our bucket list for a while and now, we are very thrilled and great ful that we did it. Such an awesome n amazing cart rail ride... Anyone has to experience it to feel the joy and not to worry about busy traffic... All that we did was foot on accelerator, sit back and enjoy the beautiful ride through country side... Bet you will sing Country Road Take me Home... n think about your childhood memories in the open land and in paddock... The lovely host team have excelled in their caring hospitality skills and made us feel special, secured while in cart and provided us with home made scones and special pancakes with hot tea and coffee... Thank you very much for your hospitality and providing New Zealand with your unique and well maintained Tourist attraction n activity, all comes with great value for money... Love it.

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