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.

  •   I have couple of rail enthusiast friends so we took the opportunity to have a go with the Awakeri Rail adventures. What a buzz, we started with a health and safety briefing which was excellent, Paul was very well versed in this as he is...More

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  •   Put 2.5 hours aside and hop on a rail cart and drive along a unused railway line. We went on the Bush Walk & Snack Run tour. Very relaxing and Paul our tour guide / owner was a great host. A few stops on the...More

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  •   We purchased our tickets at the Garden and Home show in Taupo and are extremely happy we decided to book. The rail trip was tremendous fun with some very interesting and amusing stops along the way. The chicken stop was so much fun. The bush...More

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  •   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 his humour and knowledge of the area. - Carts are easy to handle - I drove while my husband...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 last remaining wetlands stand of bush in the Bay and seeing several Kahikatea trees up to...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).


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