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.

  •   Great afternoon with great people. Paul the host made it a great trip. A lot knowledge about the area. Meeting the other people on the tour was great. A bush walk that isn't strenuous. Nice seeing what is preserved for future generations. We took sandwiches...More

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  •   This was something we've been looking forward to for a long time. Paul our guide was fantastic and we enjoyed his banter... However the actual trip along the rail we feel is highly over-rated and way over priced.. $25 pp would be far more appropriate...More

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  •   A great experience (especially for those with younger family!). Paul was extremely informative and clearly very passionate about what he was doing. His enthusiasm rubbed off on all of us!

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  •   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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  •   Interesting commentary with humourous anecdotes. A lot of work has gone into this attraction. Remember to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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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).