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The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0684
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If you're into old trains, plus steam engines check out the vintage train station and cafe. You can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kerikeri, New Zealand
via mobile
Go Look, Even if Not Running

It was a Thursday afternoon. The trains only run on Friday, Saturday & Sunday (and may run all days... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Keith C
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0684
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're into old trains, plus steam engines check out the vintage train station and cafe. You can ride the train. Great way to view the country side. Children can experience this too so good family activity.

Thank getdihere
Reviewed 4 October 2017

It was a Thursday afternoon. The trains only run on Friday, Saturday & Sunday (and may run all days during holiday periods - check), but we went to the heritage station to have a look anyway. And it gave us a good flavor of what...More

Thank Keith C
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

One of the first railways on the North Island the railway was built to transport coal to ships in the harbour at Opua. Later it became part of the New Zealand railway network, and was closed by the 1980s. The section from Kawakawa to Opua...More

Thank Leighton R
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Unfortunately the vintage train was not working when we had our train ride. It was still worth doing as we have now been on a train down highway 1! Lovely people in charge and lovely people in the cafe. it would be great to do...More

Thank Dorothy B
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The day we went Timmy was running and we had a lovely trip down the main street out to the bridge and little walk on the bridge and then a trip back to town. Only family on the train so the conductor could tell us...More

Thank JodieC7A
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Well, we'd never expected something like that in a small town like Kawakawa. While we were having fish'n chips on the main road, this vintage train came steaming through town.

Thank jobst56
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This didn't seem to be operational when we arrived but the train tracks run down the middle of the main street. We went to the station but there didn't seem to be anyone there. Lovely to see the old steam engine though.

Thank SteveS1970
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely ride today on Gabriel through the town. Ann the guard was very informative and knowledgeable about both the town and the trains history. Visited the longest wooden bridge in the Southern hemisphere before returning to Kawakawa. Look out for the lava tree!

Reviewed 6 January 2017

We rode this railway during a visit from our home in Western Canada. On the day in question, the steam loco was still being reassembled after an inspection, so we had a diesel. We were the only passengers, but they went anyway! Apparently no-one gets...More

1  Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We spent a few hours riding and photographing the steam engine Gabriel. The line is about 3km but hopes to be longer soon when the river bridge has been restored (and it's getting close). The staff clearly love the railway and are proud to tell...More

1  Thank Janine B
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