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11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
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Fantastic journey

An electric rail car on a disused railway track that winds through the forest and countryside of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Margaret C
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Adelaide, Australia
Great scenery

Took the plunge, and enjoyed the scenery, commentary, and the atmosphere very well set up, the lady... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brian S
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Experience the unique joy of traveling along a railway line in your own powered self-drive railway vehicle, called a RailCruiser. The RailCruiser is a fully automated, state of the art petrol-electric four seat self-drive railway vehicle, with comfortable seats and unobstructed views. It is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides. Departing from Mamaku Railway Station travel 10km through a majestic 1000 year old native forest, past rolling pastures with views out over Lake Rotorua to Tarukenga Railway Station. After a short break at Tarukenga whilst the RailCruisers are turned, you return in your RailCruiser back to Mamaku. Cruising along at 20km/hr, you can listen to the audio tour. This is the ultimate way to experience a railway.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“rail cruising” (36 reviews)
“self drive” (32 reviews)
“rail car” (35 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
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"self drive"
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"rail car"
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"unique experience"
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"train ride"
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"safety briefing"
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"interesting ride"
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"return journey"
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"informative commentary"
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"relaxing ride"
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"lake rotorua"
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"native bush"
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"enjoy the scenery"
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"scenic reserve"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

An electric rail car on a disused railway track that winds through the forest and countryside of sheep and cattle. Its a 19km ride stopping halfway and being turned around which takes about 1 1/2 hours. You sit back, listen to the commentary, seats 4...More

Thank Margaret C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the plunge, and enjoyed the scenery, commentary, and the atmosphere very well set up, the lady who assisted us was excellent,very friendly , helpful and even called a taxi for us. She is a credit to the Company!!

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 8 and 6 year old grandchildren here last week and so pleased we did, it was a great experience. Recommend for all ages, something different to do. We found going on the 11am time slot good, we then had lunch in Rotorua....More

Thank Judave
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

My 16yo son saw these advertised in the hotel and thought it looked interesting. We booked a trip and took the short trek to the railway station. (NOTE : Leave plenty of time, those windy roads can get you!) After a safety briefing and a...More

Thank Susan R
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We just had a great afternoon rail cruising on these self powered small rail cars. A must do fantastic trip for all children from 4 to 104.

Thank T2865CLdavid
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The idea of a self drive rail car was intriguing and the history associated with the line was very interesting. The self drive rail cars provide a very pleasant and safe way to travel through some beautiful scenery and at the end of the line...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We travelled on board the Rail Cruising self-drive rail car trip. We saw some lovely countryside. We saw it in a brochure prior to our trip and it turned out to be a very relaxing experience. We were lucky to be in a carriage on...More

Thank majelljames
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We enjoyed an afternoon Railcrusing trip and highly recommend it. It is a relaxing 20km round trip, through lush growth, and lovely views of the lake. We appreciated the audio guide through the trip and had an interesting chat with Jane at the end about...More

Thank BearberryDivers
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

This is a relaxing ride through the countryside, aboard your own teenytiny railroad car. You don't get to drive it, only apply the emergency brake if needed during the ride and then at the middle of the trip (so they can spin the car for...More

Thank SonriseBMD
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This is one of the reasons we went to NZ!!! The booking and admin. was very professional. And the organisation of our party and others well handled. It was a murky day though, so we had the plastic covers down at one side. The synced...More

Thank Chris2006
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Julie C
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Response from valma p | Reviewed this property |
No. Have to wait till you get to bottom. We did video however
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A C
15 September 2015|
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Response from Ian R | Reviewed this property |
About three hours. You need to book as they send groups down the line all at the same time.
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