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

The trip takes you right through the middle of a local tropical reserve with great views and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Luke C
via mobile
An enjoyable ride

We arrived early and were welcomed by the host, given a short safety briefing and then we boarded... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
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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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“self drive” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The trip takes you right through the middle of a local tropical reserve with great views and interesting flora and fauna. Definitely a great way to see the local area. The local couple who own this are rebuilding an old railway. However, unlike most heritage...More

Thank Luke C
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We arrived early and were welcomed by the host, given a short safety briefing and then we boarded our cruiser. The journey was pleasant even in the cold conditions. The scenery is pleasant but not spectacular and the experience is unique. My one criticism would...More

Thank Timon_nz
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Mamaku, where this is based, is unique in itself. Unusual township. The Rail Cruise was very professionally run, clean, ran to time and no question was a silly one! Not action packed - very relaxing and laid back. There were blankets in the cab, plus...More

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 28 May 2017

What a fabulous unique experience. Really friendly staff, easy instructions to operate our little smart rail car and what fun cruising down a rail track in the beautiful countryside. This is a ingenious Idea and a really innovative new tourist experience. Highly recommend it.

Thank freddodog
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Such a clever use of a former railway line! Beginning at the warm Mamaku station with hot chocolate in hand, we listened to the briefing lady aided by a video, explain the safety features and what could be expected during the journey. Having selected the...More

Thank AnneOrewa
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Well worth a visit. A lot of work and effort has gone into developing this attraction. 91 year old enjoyed it too. If going during winter make sure you have a good jacket. Hosts do provide a rug but you benefit by having a bit...More

Thank Maria J
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We can highly recommend this as a must do on visiting Rotorua,sitting in a comfortable Rail Car designed by the company putting on this unique experience The duration of the journey is 1 1/2 hours covering approximately 19 km return trip,there are no steering wheels...More

Thank Kiwis2NthShoreAuck
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely time. Excellent commentary covering historical and recent details of land use and railways. Lovely people running it. Thoroughly recommend it.

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We have just spent the weekend in Rotorua, experiencing some of the many great things to do. This afternoon we drove out to the Mamaku Railway and took a trip down the old trunk line formerly used to transport timber in the boom timber milling...More

Thank Lyn Ese R
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Nice time in an automated passenger vehicle. Fully automatic , relax and enjoy the viiews and commentary

Thank Peter P
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Julie C
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Response from Daena A | Reviewed this property |
not during but at the end yes
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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.