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.

  • star rating  Really great day out - I highly recommend it. Paul is an awesome guide and has great knowledge of the area. Lots of little stops during the 3 hour trip.... read more

    January 28, 2020
  • star rating  My wife a I traveled on the Awakeri Rail Adventure on Sunday 17/11/19 . We found our host " Paul" to be very informative and quite entertaining .The trip including... read more

    November 16, 2019
  • star rating  We went on a whim as we had a bit of spare time so no real expectations, it was so much fun though! We were travelling with 2 kids (12... read more

    Lisa W
    October 5, 2019
  • star rating  Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Did the Bush walk trip 2.5 hours. Paul was very entertaining and a wealth of knowledge.

    avatar thumb D8289QEmichaela
    September 8, 2023
  • star rating  We did the railcart trip including the gentle bush walk. Was fabulous with a few surprises along the way. Paul is made for the job with... read more

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    March 16, 2019

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).


Conveniently located just down the road from Awakeri Hot Springs

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