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Rotorua Rail Cruising

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

Highlights

  • Step aboard and captain your very own rail car! on a 19km return trip!
  • The Rail Cruiser V3000 is an innovative world first vehicle like no other
  • Enjoy views of Lake Rotorua, stunning bush scenery and scenery extending as far as Mount Tarawera
  • Listen to an audio tour as you make your way through the beautiful Dansey Scenic Reserve
  • A magical railway experience not to be missed!

Rail Cruising is a fun, innovative and totally new way for people to explore the stunning Dansey Scenic Reserve. This is a magical railway experience with a difference.

In this awesome travel experience you get to step aboard and captain your very own rail car!

The Rail Cruiser is a self drive heated 4 seater hybrid rail car with unobstructed viewing windows. The RailCruiser V3000 is an innovative world first vehicle like no other!

Travel along the Rotorua Railway in your comfortable RailCruiser at 20km/hr departing from Mamaku Railway Station. You can listen to the audio tour as you make your way through the beautiful Dansey Scenic Reserve on your 19km return trip to Tarukenga Railway Station.

The historic railway provides gentle curves and steep climbs with views of Lake Rotorua, stunning bush scenery and views extending as far as Mount Tarawera.

So, for a totally unique, relaxed, comfortable and independent travel experience hop aboard a Rail Cruiser - this is a magical railway experience not to be missed!

Adult $76.00
Child $38.00

What's included

  • 19km Rail cruising experience

Duration

  • Allow approximately 90 minutes for the whole experience

Notes

  • Distance: 19km return

    Departure Times: 11am & 1pm

    Departure Point: The Rail Cruising Excursion departs from Mamaku Station Railway - Mamaku Village, 19 km north of Rotorua. Pickup from Rotorua City is available at an additional cost.

  • Child Age 6 - 16 years. Infants 0 to 5 years FREE and must be booked upon checkout. Infants aged 0 - 2 must be accompanied by a second adult for safety reasons (1 adult driving and the other to sit with infants).

Available Bookings from September 18 to September 24

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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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

4.6

493 reviews

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Wynsome from New Zealand wrote on 27 July 2020

Do it!

A great experience.

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Jeremy from New Zealand wrote on 16 July 2020

Lovely, misty journey

The staff are down-to-earth and really friendly and professional. Even on a rainy day it was a lovely trip.

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Heather mcIver from New Zealand wrote on 20 March 2020

Relaxing Cruisy Ride

We were greeted by Jane the owner as we arrived at the station. She was so friendly & welcoming & talked to us about the railway. The journey was through native bush with great views of Lake Tarawera in parts with a very informative commentary along the way. A lovely experience just sit back & be driven, highly recommend.

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Joye West from New Zealand wrote on 20 February 2020

Awesome

Enjoyed the commentary and the native Bush. The carts are amazing and the whole experience was just great. Would recommend

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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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