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.

  •   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

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    3/07/2019
  •   We booked this for a family of 5 adults and made the booking on the day we wanted to go. They gave us a discount for paying cash and booking... read more

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    1/11/2020
  •   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
  •   I have couple of rail enthusiast friends so we took the opportunity to have a go with the Awakeri Rail adventures. What a buzz, we started with a health and... read more

    thumb Christine B
    4/26/2019
  •   What a great day out. Our engineer Paul took us all on an enjoyable trip stopping along the way to experience nature at its best. A fantastic day out with... read more

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    3/01/2019

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.

Conveniently located just down the road from Awakeri Hot Springs

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