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.

  •   Interesting commentary with humourous anecdotes. A lot of work has gone into this attraction. Remember to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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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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  •   This was something we've been looking forward to for a long time. Paul our guide was fantastic and we enjoyed his banter... However the actual trip along the rail we feel is highly over-rated and way over priced.. $25 pp would be far more appropriate...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 was a great activity for us. A family of 5 with 3 children aged from 10-13. We took the 3 Hour trip with three stops along the way. You convoy together with other guests but get to drive your own cart and enjoy the...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).