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  Well worth it! - We had a great time on the tour - Pete was a fantastic guide, who had banter for young and old! Loved the scenery and the bush cafe cuppa. Oh... read more

    March 20, 2023
  • star rating  This was such a cool experience. We loved all the quirky little stops and the information shared. It was definitely money well spent and will be recommending it to our... read more

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    October 6, 2023
  • star rating  Great fun! - A great fun activity for a couple of hours a stones throw from Whakatane!
    There were just the two of us (being a midweek slot), but that did not matter.... read more

    Cathy M
    November 19, 2023
  • star rating  This was possibly one of my top experiences, Paul was amazing freindly, funny he made everyone part of the experience and was full of jokes and interesting information about the... read more

    avatar thumb Mathew A
    March 26, 2023
  • star rating  All aboard  - This was an enjoyable tour left by Paul. You travel in a golf cart on a railway line through rural and bush settings.
    The first stop is a bush walk... read more

    Peter B
    November 25, 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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