Hundreds of visitors, many from all over the world have enjoyed the experience!

Welcome to Awakeri Rail Adventures in Whakatane. Travel along a piece of New Zealand’s rich rail history and experience the natural beauty and adventure from the comfort of a rail-cart, cleverly adapted to be self-driven along the rail tracks. Our rail cars are FULL self drive – you are in complete control of your rail vehicle – you may stop any where you wish to take photographs (or pick up your hat).

Your adventure starts from Awakeri traveling at a leisurely 25 kilometeres per hour with family and friends along a piece of historic railway line. There are 4 bridges, numerous cuttings and bush scenes along the track.

  •   This was a very enjoyable trip for three generations with granddaughter being very much included in all aspects of the journey. Interesting background to the existence of the kahikatea stand... read more

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  •   This is areal ‘Kiwi’ experience. The trip starts with a surprising stop at Caulfield Station and off to feed the chooks. The highlight is the bush walk through the... read more

  •   This was a great small group adventure, just us and three others. Two carts plus guide Paul in the lead cart. A high emphasis on safety with a practical briefing... read more

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  •   From the moment we arrived our host and owner of awakeri rail adventures Paul entertained us we had a safety briefing then we were off had some wonderful surprises... read more

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  •   A truly wonderful experience, with humour, a walk through native bush, chicken feeding, afternoon tea and feeling the wind through your hair as you drive along the railway track in... read more


Travel along a piece of New Zealand’s rich rail history and experience the natural beauty and adventure from the comfort of our rail-cart

Awakeri Rail Adventures offers four types of trip. The first is an “Express Run” where you will drive over 20km of track, with one stop enroute. The Express Run takes approx 2 hours.

The second option is the “Bush Walk / Snack Run” where you will be guided on a bush walk, stop for a relaxing track side snack and other activities and still drive over the 20km of track. This trip will take approx 2.5 hours.

The third option is the “Bush Walk Run” where you travel 12km of track – enjoy a guided bush walk – wraps up in about 1.5 hours.

The fourth option is the Chicken run – travel 8 km of track and help feed the chickens and other birds (this one is ideal for the under fives).


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