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“rail cruising”(35 reviews)
“self drive”(32 reviews)
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are reviewing all tripadviser locations that we visited, as a couple, in our campervan on both North and South Islands, over four weeks in Sep/Oct 2018. We loved New Zealand and its people! Good or otherwise, any feedback helps venues and travellers alike! Thankyou!...More

Thank AudreyTasker
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Was our last day of vacation but the rude staff ruined it. The cruise was something different but you don’t see much really

Thank Tsxxz
Reviewed 3 September 2018

I'm sure it would have been good if we actually got to do it. I went on their website to book 3 days in advance. Instead of using a real time booking system as most company's use these days, they have an online form you...More

Thank kiwitraveler92
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed it but it could do with being a more scenic route. Very friendly and fun staff. Recommend it for a new experience.

Thank kimberleyopinion
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

A different activity to take part in with young kids. Scenic ride with a warm blanket! Recommend to try out.

Thank rukshanaw2018
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We so enjoyed this trip, a great way to see the Mamaku Plateau in all its beauty. Even in the middle of winter there are abundant flowers and trees. We were warm and cosy in the railcar with blankets if needed to keep out the...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We took our two kids and on the rail cruiser and we all loved it. It gives you a real sense of what driverless cars could be like. Guides are really good and friendly and even in winter you are catered for with blankets in...More

Thank Treasade
Reviewed 24 June 2018

we booked this as part of a our cruise stop in Tauranga. Hired a car and the drive up there is absolutely wonderful. This Railcruising is something different. It might only go some 11 miles one way and return the same way. However, one needs...More

Thank queenslandtraveller
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

My wife and I did this ride today , I thought it was a very great experience. Little bit chilly , but the service has blankets inside the cars. Both my wife and I enjoyed the ride both ways. The staff are very accommodating and...More

Thank Psarj
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Great for a filler if looking to see some great views. Sadly the cloud came in a blocked our views. The trip was still enjoyable The speakers were a bit crappy and hard to understand the commentary but we got the jist of it. We...More

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Julie C
6 December 2016|
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Response from valma p | Reviewed this property |
No. Have to wait till you get to bottom. We did video however
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.