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  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
    November 20, 2019
  • star rating  From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave the guide will keep you and the kids entertained. Awakeri rail is an activity for all ages and all strengths... read more

    October 9, 2019
  • 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  Absolutely fabulous arrived on the off chance and there was one cart left so off we went haven't laughed so much in ages.Thoroughly recommend thanks Paul.

    avatar thumb Harts2Harts
    March 9, 2019
  • star rating  Great experience with a humorous operator - We were a bit unlucky with the weather, but this was compensated on the one hand by the fact that we were alone with Paul, the operator, and on the... read more

    January 30, 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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