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.

  •   I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed our Awakeri Rail Adventure. We were a family group of 6, including two grandparents and two toddlers. All of us had a fantastic time and continued to mention how much fun we had for a...More

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    8/27/2018
  •   We had a wonderful time on our Awakeri Rail Adventure. We cuddled chickens, took a hike through the beautiful native bush and stopped to spend time with some horses. You will not be disappointed! It was fun, educational and well worth it. We are all...More

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    7/08/2018
  •   I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed our Awakeri Rail Adventure. We were a family group of 6, including two grandparents and two toddlers. All of us had a fantastic time and continued to mention how much fun we had for a...More

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    8/27/2018
  •   We wanted to take our four year old grandson on an adventure for the day. We chose Awakeri Train ride as it was just an hour or so away and because our grandson is always talking about trains. Paul did not disappoint. He engaged and...More

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    10/30/2018
  •   I was a little standoffish about this experience, but I was pleasantly surprised. What fun! The chickens, the walkabout, the tea stop. Fantastic. Would definitely do it again.

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    9/25/2018

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.