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11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574
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A good experience

We went Railcruising over the Easter weekend. Something different for us and it was a great... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Bruce F
Interesting ride on Railcruiser

We took a ride today,on this interesting Railway. It was extremely well organised, well maintained... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
Robyn C
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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” (34 reviews)
“self drive” (31 reviews)
“rail car” (49 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 1 May 2017

We went Railcruising over the Easter weekend. Something different for us and it was a great experience. Mamaku Railway Station is a little out of Rotorua, so it is probably best to book first as we went out there expecting to get a ride only...More

1  Thank Bruce F
Reviewed 28 April 2017

We took a ride today,on this interesting Railway. It was extremely well organised, well maintained, and a fun experience. Very friendly staff, all in all a great time.

Thank Robyn C
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We visited this attraction and were pleasantly surprised at the whole set-up. It was extremely well organised with everything taken care of - from blankets and heating in the little carriages, GPS monitoring and even tea/coffee included. We found the carriages more than comfortable, bigger...More

1  Thank thompsonmc2016
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We loved it. It's worth the drive (it's about 30min drive from Rotorua) and good value if you are a fan or railways and trains. Railcruising put good use of an existing railway system and developed it into a tourist attraction. You gotta travel within...More

1  Thank HolidayMakerX5
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

This very special experience can only be found here. Amazing railway experience. My younger cousin absolutely loved this experience. Definitely worth it and I hope more people will go on these small rail cars!

Thank SamuelCase
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Although we were a bit taken aback at the price ($150 odd for 2 people), we're glad we went. It's clearly been a labour of love and you have to admire that sort of passion. The rail cars were great, the views and the commentary...More

Thank Windyindy007
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Ingenious & Inventive, we loved to see the old railway lines in use and the commentary was informative and well paced. Helpful staff and a great setup. Wonderful way to travel and enjoy the sights. We would love to see more of these all around...More

Thank Zak1100
Reviewed 18 April 2017

These self drive cars are very easy to operate (only requiring someone to remove the handbrake and apply it when instructed). Amazing scenery through a native scenic reserve (which cannot be accessed other than by these rail cars) informative audio as you journey to the...More

Thank Hayley W
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We were looking for something to do in Rotarua on an Easter weekend and came on this gem. Unique experience and the staff were really great and friendly.

Thank Greg R
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A great way to see the countryside. A relaxing ride along the old Rotorua Branch railway line in a self propelled cart. We enjoyed the scenery and the peace an quiet.

Thank Lucyznana
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Julie C
Can you stop on the way to take photos?
6 December 2016|
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Response from Daena A | Reviewed this property |
not during but at the end yes
How long does it take to get around overall?
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.