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.

  •   Interesting experience- good mixture of rail travel, bush walk, snack break, and Chook feeding. Paul was very professional and funnily informative. Unexpected treat meeting top- ranking US official.

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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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  •   This was a very enjoyable trip for three generations with granddaughter being very much included in all aspects of the journey. Interesting background to the existence of the kahikatea stand of trees and sad history of the destruction of the rest for butter boxes. A...More

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  •   As we were driving from Rotorua to coast for day trip on holidays from NSW Australia, we stumbled upon this wonderful opportunity. Did the full trip. Was full of fun, information, history, bush walk, feeding chickens, baby chickens and ducks. Was an amazing opportunity. Hope...More

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  •   We bought our tickets at Field Days last year so had to make plans to head down country especially for this adventure. We weren't disappointed. We were greeted and led by Shane, who is an absolute gem of a man with a wealth of local...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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