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  What a great little adventure. Wonderful guide with great scenery a a pace that allows you to enjoy it. Thank you Paul.

    Gypsyiews
    September 15, 2019
  • star rating  An absolute MUST DO Kiwi tour - This is a MUST DO!
    Paul is passionate about what he does and this tour allows you to slow down and enjoy the beautiful countryside of New Zealand.funny commentary, stunning... read more

    121nancyl
    November 22, 2023
  • star rating  A must do!  - Bought these tickets as a Christmas prezzie for just the two of us. Was the best idea I had, other than marrying hubby, in a very long time! The lill... read more

    Go28621642406
    December 18, 2023
  • star rating  From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave the guide will keep you and the kids entertained. Awakeri rail is an activity for all ages and all strengths... read more

    L1533QNkyles
    October 9, 2019
  • star rating  A Must Do Experience! - We had a FANTASTIC time at the Awakeri Railway! Myself and 3 others (including our elderly grandma) were all super impressed by the sense of humour & knowledge of our... read more

    Rachel P
    March 13, 2023

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).

CHICKEN RUN & BUSH WALK RUN ARE BY ARRANGEMENT ONLY.

Conveniently located just down the road from Awakeri Hot Springs

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