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Hop aboard your own self-drive railway car and enjoy epic 360-degree views of Lake Rotorua and rolling farmland...

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Osceola Adams from New Zealand wrote on 06 January 2023

A unique and enjoyable experience

We were the first ones to arrive. The gate was locked and we weren't sure it was going to open. Five minutes later, the gate was opened. We received a safety briefing and were asked if we wanted coffee or tea. After the other group arrived, we went to the self-driving cars. You are told to pull the handbrake lever smoothly when asked. It is the only thing you actively do on the trip. The staff car goes first, then 20 seconds later our car went. It was quite cold on our trip, but blankets are provided, and the sides can be closed. It's about 19 kilometres and takes about 30 minutes each way. There is a turntable at the end where the car is rotated for the return trip. You travel through bush and pass a few farms. Lake Rotorua can also be seen. There is commentary on the trip, but can be difficult to hear on the return trip, because the petrol motor is running to assist with the climb on the way back. Kudos to the staff; they are professional and kind. It takes a lot of work to keep this running. The ride was a fun and unique. experience!

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Amy McCarthy from New Zealand wrote on 17 November 2021

Great wholesome fun!

Great views, interesting commentary, unique way to see the country!! Especially lovely seeing wildlife along the way. Roxy really looked after us, thanks Roxy!!!

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long from New Zealand wrote on 29 September 2023

Great trip!

What a wonderful and unique experience we had! Beautiful view and great job! I believe this is a “must do “ at Rotorua!

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Alicia Stacey from New Zealand wrote on 28 June 2021

Very noisy

Booked in advance for this and told them that i have a 5month old baby that will be coming along with us. When we arrived they didn't think to mention or let us know that the sound of the little train on the tracks were going to be extremely noisy, not only for a baby but for the elderly group as well going on before us, and plus then they had to start up a mini generator in the back of the cabs (as these trains are battery powered) to get back to the station. Would not recommend for ones with younger babys or even the elderly unless they may want to wear some type of hearing protection. They may want to invest in some & have at the office for the ones that want to wear them . Otherwise it was okay .

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rachelr10 from New Zealand wrote on 14 May 2022

Great time

It was a different and nice thing to do with great information inside the rail car thanks 😊

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