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  Amazing. Paul is a fantastic guide. We all had a fantastic trip and my boys loved being able to ride with Paul as a co-pilot. Filled with great info and... read more

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    December 28, 2023
  • star rating  A fabulous afternoon - A fantastic, relaxed afternoon of beautiful scenery and fun. Paul is an awesome host. I highly recommend this for any age group.

    September 17, 2023
  • star rating  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... read more

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    January 27, 2019
  • star rating  On behalf of my wife and her friend who visited 13 March. Paul was a fabulous host, fun and informative. Enjoyed every moment of it. Highly recommended. Planning... read more

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    March 18, 2019
  • star rating  Great trip for my sister's 61st birthday! Thanks Paul for being our tour guide and that very dry sense of humour! We really enjoyed our trip, beaut scenery, lots... read more

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    November 26, 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).


Conveniently located just down the road from Awakeri Hot Springs

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