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.

  •   Definitely recommend this attraction to families, couples and individuals young and old. They offers three different adventures on a disused section of railway between Awakeri and Taneatua. Paul the owner who was a train driver in past years gives an excellent safety briefing before departing...More

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  •   Interesting experience- good mixture of rail travel, bush walk, snack break, and Chook feeding. Paul was very professional and funnily informative. Unexpected treat meeting top- ranking US official.

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  •   Zipping through the country side on our little cart was great. Because we were driving ourselves it was made even better. Still in a group but independent. It was safe, scenic, and relaxing. A low pressure tour with some fun and informative stops.

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  •   A great experience (especially for those with younger family!). Paul was extremely informative and clearly very passionate about what he was doing. His enthusiasm rubbed off on all of us!

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  •   Recently my sister and I went on this Rail Adventure and loved every minute. Paul our Guide was amazing and so funny - have not laughed so much in a while. We also had the walk in the bush which was wonderful. Paul has a...More

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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).