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Railcruising

11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574
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Great idea

We enjoyed it but it could do with being a more scenic route. Very friendly and fun staff... read more

Reviewed yesterday
kimberleyopinion
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Something different

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
rukshanaw2018
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“rail cruising” (35 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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+64 800 724 574
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"rail cruising"
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"self drive"
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"rail car"
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"unique experience"
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"safety briefing"
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"disused railway track"
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"steep incline"
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"return journey"
in 8 reviews
"interesting commentary"
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"lake rotorua"
in 21 reviews
"native bush"
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"all ages"
in 22 reviews
"scenic reserve"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"enjoyable trip"
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"points of interest"
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"great adventure"
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Reviewed yesterday 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank rukshanaw2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Thank MJFGWM
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Whatever you do don’t miss this! This is fantastic and one of a kind experience. The scenery is beautiful and as always NZ stunning. The opportunity to travel in your own “bubble “ on the former rail line can’t be missed.

Thank Wayne G
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

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 4 May 2018 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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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
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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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