The Manawatu Flyer

Step onboard our lovingly restored heritage coaches, hauled by steam locomotive Ja1271. Settle into your seats to enjoy travel around the Manawatu between Feilding and Palmerston North behind a steam loco! 

Jump on board with the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and Steam Incorporated as we join forces and celebrate 100 years of the Waiuku Branchline – where the GVR is based – and Steam Inc celebrates its 50th anniversary!
Glenbrook Vintage Railway have teamed up with our Wellington based friends at Steam Inc to bring to Glenbrook their resplendent Ja1271, for a number of joint trips in Auckland & the Waikato.
So hop on board as we step back in time – to how rail travel used to be – and experience steam on the main line.

The Manawatu Flyer |  Departing Palmerston North and Feilding 

Catch a steam train around the Manawatu! 

This labour weekend catch a steam train around the Manawatu with our "Manawatu Flyer" steam shuttles between Feilding and Palmerston North.  Join us on this very rare and unique occasion where you can choose to travel on any of our trains as you fly through the Manawatu on Sunday 23rd October. Boarding either at Feilding or from Palmerston North. 

Your journey today will take you via the unique Bunnythorpe dips, a challenging stretch of track for our steam train drivers, passing the airport we veer right and on to the Milson Deviation which bypassed the original railway through the middle of Palmerston North, and through the northern suburbs of Palmerston North before arriving at the railway station. 

An exciting day out behind a steam loco through the heart of the Manawatu - A great long weekend experience!


Originate from: Feilding or Palmerston North

General Admission (Ages 2+) | $30

Timetable - Departing: Feilding

Feilding | Train 1

dep. 3.25pm
Palmerston North
dep. 4.00pm
arr. 4.30pm
Feilding | Train 2

dep. 4.45pm
Palmerston North
dep. 5.25pm
arr. 5.55pm

Timetable - Departing: Palmerston North

Palmerston North | Train 1

Palmerston Northdep.2.40pm
dep. 3.25pm
Palmerston North
arr. 3.45pm
Palmerston North | Train 2

Palmerston Northdep.4.00pm
dep. 4.30pm
Palmerston North
arr. 5.05pm

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COVID-19 Information
As this is a pre-booked allocated-seating tour, face coverings are not compulsory but are strongly encouraged. For more info see the official NZ Government COVID-19 website.
In the event that the NZ Government or its agencies prevent the operation of this tour taking place due to COVID-19, refunds of fares paid (net of outgoings made from those fares) may be made by GVR upon written application being received from booked passengers.

Seating Information
We aim to seat passengers from the same booking together. You will be allocated at least one window seat for bookings of 2 or more (subject to availability). Where possible, seats will be turned to face the direction of travel (pairs and singles) or to face each other (groups). If you are travelling with people on a different booking or have another specific request then please email us as soon as possible at [email protected] and we will try and accommodate your request the best we can. Your allocated seat and carriage details will be on your boarding pass which will be emailed to you at least 2-3 days before your departure date.

Onboard Information
  • Smoking or the consumption of Alcohol (not served by your train crew) is prohibited anywhere onboard our trains, including on any viewing platform, this includes the use or charging of e-cigarettes.
  • Due to the heritage nature of our carriages there is limited accessibility for people travelling with Wheelchairs. Please contact us in advance to discuss your requirements.
  • Animals apart from seeing and hearing guide dogs may not travel onboard our trains.
  • Only the named passengers on your booking will be allocated seats. One child under 2 may sit on each adult's knee. Children under 2 seated in the manner do not require a ticket.
  • There are toilets onboard our train which can be used throughout the journey.
  • Cold food or drink may be brought and consumed onboard the train provided that this does not disturb our passengers and that you take all rubbish and food scraps with you.

Book now for The Manawatu Flyer - Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Your ticket includes return train travel.  

Train 1 - Departing: Feilding - 3.25pm

General Admission (Ages 2+):
@ $30.00 each

Train 2 - Departing: Feilding - 4.45pm

General Admission (Ages 2+):
@ $30.00 each

Train 1 - Departing: Palmerston North - 2.40pm

General Admission (Ages 2+):
@ $30.00 each

Train 2 - Departing: Palmerston North - 4.00pm

General Admission (Ages 2+):
@ $30.00 each