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.

  •   Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon on the rail adventure, stopping along the rail at different points of interest, Paul was very informative,his witty comments make it a fun trip.We particularly liked... read more

    thumb Doug O
    2/11/2019
  •   Definitely recommend this attraction to families, couples and individuals young and old. They offers three different adventures on a disused section of railway between Awakeri and Taneatua. Paul the... read more

    thumb Happydaz01
    1/28/2019
  •   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

    Taurus47
    2/10/2020
  •   We purchased the full experience which included stopping and feeding the chickens, the bush walk in White Pine bush, and afternoon tea. Absolutely brilliant fun with Paul and his... read more

    907selinah
    1/11/2020
  •   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

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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