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.

  •   Very enjoyable trip. Paul is very knowledgable and the trip includes a little bush walk and pit stop with tea, coffee and Milo. All in all very well run with... read more

    kiwilyngby
    1/18/2020
  •   Our group of 8 thoroughly enjoyed our Bush Walk and Snack Run rail adventure. Everyone took the opportunity to drive the carts which added to the fun. Our guide Shane... read more

    thumb Ian M
    3/07/2019
  •   Was a very lovely and enjoyable trip. We were able to stop overnite behind railway station in motor home ready for the next morning.

    Bev H
    6/12/2019
  •   We took the railway ride that included the bush walk, livestock feeding and the tea stop. The cars were refitted golf carts that traveled along the track independently but with... read more

    Barbara B
    11/20/2019
  •   Fun morning with Awakeri Rail Adventures, lots of laughs and things to see and do along the way. Even our two teenage sons had fun! Recommend as a fun way... read more

    alisoncM6668MA
    1/18/2020

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.

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