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.

  •   We visited here two years ago and were delighted to be able to return to have another rail trip. Paul was informative, amusing and caring about everyone’s safety. We all had a safety briefing before we left the site. We travelled through native bush as...More

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  •   Querky trip through countryside in little self-drive (easy) rail cars + a short interesting bush walk with Morning Tea, lead by competent & informative owner.

  •   This was a great activity for us. A family of 5 with 3 children aged from 10-13. We took the 3 Hour trip with three stops along the way. You convoy together with other guests but get to drive your own cart and enjoy the...More

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  •   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 owner who was a train driver in past years gives an excellent safety briefing before departing...More

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  •   We did the railcart trip including the gentle bush walk. Was fabulous with a few surprises along the way. Paul is made for the job with his humour and knowledge of the area. - Carts are easy to handle - I drove while my husband...More

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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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