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  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
    November 20, 2019
  • star rating  We visited the Awakeri Rail with our daughter, son-in-law and their 4mth old baby. Surprisingly we all had a great time. The ride caters for all ages and even the... read more

    avatar thumb OdetteR_13
    June 2, 2019
  • star rating  This trip from Awakeri along an old railway track was such fun. Paul gave us our safety briefing and away we went in our converted golf buggy with everyone in... read more

    February 10, 2020
  • star rating  Entertainment for all ages. - Just spent a delightful afternoon completing the bush walk and snack run at Awakeri Rail Adventures. An entertaining and knowledgable host added humour and facts to all the various... read more

    March 25, 2023
  • star rating  Quirky and fun - So much fun. Little quirky surprises along the way. We did the bushwalk and snack run. It's was well worth the money. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    January 1, 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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