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.

  •   A lovely afternoon spent travelling along the rails and taking in our surroundings. Also was interesting to learn about the kahikatea forest and what happened to so much of... read more

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  •   Great afternoon with great people. Paul the host made it a great trip. A lot knowledge about the area. Meeting the other people on the tour... read more

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  •   We bought our tickets at Field Days last year so had to make plans to head down country especially for this adventure. We weren't disappointed. We were greeted and led... read more

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  •   What a unique and exciting adventure this was! Paul was an awesome guide and his stories and knowledge of the local area made the ride interesting and insightful! Driving the... read more

  •   A very interesting and informative rail experience. Paul's local knowledge and sense of humour made for a great adventure. Driving your kart, feeding the animals, experiencing the wonderful bush walk... read more


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).


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