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 had booked about a year ago and they honoured the booking - two friends also joined us and we duly turned up at the station. Paul was great -... read more

    Grant N
  •   My husband and I absolutely loved this rail experience. Paul was an awesome guide who was very knowledgeable on the Awakeri area, bush and pest trapping and his sense of... read more

  •   My wife a I traveled on the Awakeri Rail Adventure on Sunday 17/11/19 . We found our host " Paul" to be very informative and quite entertaining .The trip including... read more

  •   Fun morning with Awakeri Rail Adventures, lots of laughs and things to see and do along the way. Even our two teenage sons had fun! Recommend as a fun way... read more

  •   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

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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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