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Rail Tour - Awakeri Rail Adventures


Join Awakeri Rail Adventures for a unique experience into New Zealand’s rich rail history and its breathtaking scenic routes...


  • Self-drive a rail car along a part of New Zealand's historic railway
  • An experience for the whole family to enjoy
  • Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities
  • Fun day out exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty countryside

Cruise along the mighty tracks on Awakeri Rail in the FULL self drive rail vehicles - you are the engine driver!

Each trip is almost three hours long, including numerous stops along the railway with fun activities!

We will stop and explore the beautiful white pine scenic reserve and discover 600 year old Kahikatea trees before taking a moment to rest, relax and soak in this beautiful location with a break stop and bite to eat.

Suitable for all ages, and with a capacity of up to 12 people per trip, the Awakeri Rail Tour is a fantastic outdoors experience - sure to be a hit with the whole family!


Family Pass Special: Book for 2 Adults and up to 3 Children for only $190! (Normally $300 save $190).


Summer hours (day light saving months): 10.30am - 2pm & 2 pm - 5.30pm

Winter Hours (non day light saving months): 9am - 12:30 pm & 12.30pm - 4pm


Location: Awakeri Rail Adventures are 45 minutes drive from Rotorua on state highway 2 at Awakeri


Adult $90.00
Child $40.00
Family Special $190.00 (Family (2 Adults 3 Children))


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Awakeri Rail Adventures are 45 minutes drive from Rotorua on state highway 2 at Awakeri. Spot our station next to the block of shops at Awakeri

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Child Age 5 - 15 yrs. Under 5 years old are free of charge.

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


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alisaa from New Zealand wrote on 20 January 2020

Great fun

Lots of fun, feeding the chooks, the bush walk and the cuppa, all stops along the way. Self drive the carts. very informative and low key. great for families also.

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Anton Fraser from New Zealand wrote on 24 October 2017

Value for Money.

loved it Paul got some great stories, trip a must rain or shine, value for money.

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Thanks Anton!

Jo from New Zealand wrote on 28 January 2020

Great afternoon out!

We had a great time on the adventure with lots of little quirky stops along the way. Paul is a great host and really included the kids in everything. They loved it! Thank you.

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Dianne Mcquoid from New Zealand wrote on 11 October 2019

Great ride

A must do if you are travelling around the Whakatane area. We found that our hosts "the two Paul's" had a great sense of safety. knowledge of the area and a brilliant sense of humor plus their interaction with the children and adults of all ages on our trip was just great.

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thanks dianne!

Louise from Australia wrote on 30 October 2019

Fun trip

It was s fun trip with Paul who is passionate about his rail. He has a few fun surprises on route as well !!

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