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Rain Forest Express

A 6.4 mile return narrow-gauge train ride in Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland, New Zealand
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Rain Forest Express is about 3.2 miles long and located near Woodlands Park, New Zealand. The train ride is memorable and takes 2-3... more »

Tips:  The cars are unheated and open so bring warm clothes if going during chilly weather. Reservations are required and payment is made... more »

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Points of Interest

1. An original train engine used to build the Upper Nihotupu Dam

This can be found at Jacobson's Station where the train leaves. There's a ladder to climb inside and get your photo taken and kids love to swarm up it.

2. Quinn's Viaduct

Crossing Quinn's Creek, the viaduct (bridge) provides a great place to get out and take photos of the rainforest. The Rain Forest Express stops there for 10 minutes or so on the way to the dam.

3. Upper Nihotupu Dam

This is the final destination for the Rain Forest Express. You can either stay on the train and take it to the picnic area or get out and climb the dam to the top and take a short hike to meet the train. The steps are steep and almost straight up but can be done by anyone with good grip shoes. Children under 5 are not allowed to climb, also you... More

4. Dam Picnic Area

This area is named after one of the cooks who worked on the original dam. There is great shade and shelter from any rain and the tables are clean and in good condition. There are also restrooms. If you take the regular trip the train stays there for 40 minutes (which is long enough to eat) and the picnic train trip just adds another 1/2 hour to... More