East & West Railtour

Following a most successful tour in 2021, we are once again operating the East & West Rail tour from Thursday 7th of July 2022, returning on Tuesday 19th of July 2022.
Our optional activities/day trips have been refreshed, so there will be plenty of new sights and experiences for those who travelled with us in 2021!


  • Traveling on GVR's private Diesel-hauled heritage train on lines not usually served by passenger trains - featuring vintage carriages with open air viewing balconies
  • Passing through the scenic central plateau - steeped with railway history and including mighty viaducts and the world famous Raurimu Spiral
  • Traversing the scenic Manawatu Gorge - only accessible by rail
  • Following the east coast on the line to the Art Deco city of Napier
  • Ascending the steep Westmere Bank on the line to New Plymouth - great views of Mt Taranaki
  • Overnight stays at Ohakune, Napier, Masterton, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, and National Park
  • Specially selected 'optional activities' including special bus tours
  • Complimentary light refreshments served onboard at your seat
  • Extensive and diverting commentary and local history from our knowledgeable guides

Tour Brochure

Note: Brochures will be updated shortly

Download Full 13 day Tour Brochure

Download Booking Form

Booking Details

Bookings for our 2022 East & West Railtour are OPEN NOW.

Fill out a Booking Form and pay the deposit of $500 per person to secure your spot.

Please Contact:
Sean Heenan
GVR Events and Tours

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 GVR BOOK (487 2665)

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis. For more details please see the Full Tour Brochure.

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