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  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
    June 12, 2019
  • 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  We purchased our tickets at the Garden and Home show in Taupo and are extremely happy we decided to book. The rail trip was tremendous fun with some very interesting... read more

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    April 14, 2019
  • star rating  Fabulous day out - Fabulous trip today. Well worth it, kids loved it as did we. Paul is a fabulous guide, very informative and also great sense of humour. Highly recommend.

    February 6, 2023
  • star rating  100% recomended - Thank you very much for the amazing experience. It was the highlight of the school holidays for my boys. 100% recommended.

    Leidy M
    July 16, 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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