The Manawatu Gorge Explorer

Step onboard our lovingly restored heritage coaches, hauled by diesel locomotive DBR1254. Settle into your seats to enjoy this short trip through the Manawatu Gorge.

Jump on board with the Glenbrook Vintage Railway for another easy day out by train! 
Hauled by heritage diesel locomotive DBR1254 - this train will consist of our vintage wood and steel panelled carriages with open air end platforms.
So hop on board as we step back in time – to how rail travel used to be – and experience traveling through the scenic Manawatu Gorge.

The Manawatu Gorge Explorer| Palmerston North to Woodville and Return

The only way to ride through the Mighty Manawatu Gorge today! Pack some snacks and jump onboard your very own exclusive heritage train taking you through the Manawatu Gorge.

All aboard for the Manawatu Gorge Explorer!!! With convenient early morning, mid morning and afternoon departures, this is a rare opportunity to spend the morning or afternoon with us traveling through the Manawatu Gorge, taking in its beauty which we all took for granted when we could drive our cars through there. 
Sit back and relax, bring a camera and some snacks too and enjoy this short journey from Palmerston North to Woodville.

At Woodville, be sure to watch our train turning around on the 'balloon loop' this is quite an interesting way to turn an entire train, which is unique to Woodville only. 

On the way home, those sitting in the carriage on the cliff side of the gorge on the outward leg will now be on the gorge side of the carriage (thanks to the balloon loop at Woodville!), so everyone should get the opportunity to see the massive slips that closed the gorge indefinitely and to take in what the gorge looks like from the rail side.


Return Ex Palmerston North

Seat (Ages 2+) | $39



Early Train - EXTRA TRAIN!
Palmerston North  dep.8.25am
Palmerston North  arr.11.05am


Morning Train
Palmerston North  dep.11.50am
Palmerston North  arr.2.25pm


Afternoon Train
Palmerston North  dep.3.10pm
Palmerston North  arr.5.45pm


Station Information

Palmerston North Station
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Access is off Tremaine Ave.
Parking is available at the station.

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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 traveling 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 traveling 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.

Refund Information

  • Refunds of fares paid, net of any payments made by GVR from those fares, requested and received by GVR up to and including fourteen clear days before the commencement of the trip or tour will be made without deduction other than a $30 administration charge per person booked. However no administration charge will apply where refunds arise as a consequence of the trip or tour being fully booked, cancelled prior to commencing, or postponed to a later date and the refund application is received within four days of the original trip or tour date.
  • No refunds will be given in the event of breakdown en route or unavailability of the advertised means of conveyance.
  • No refunds will be made if after departure, for whatever reason, passengers do not utilise the included trip or tour arrangements. Travel insurance may provide some degree of relief in limited cases.
  • No refunds of fares paid or any other form on recompense will be given as a result of any person missing any aircraft, train, bus or ferry in connection with this trip or tour for whatever reason.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations unless the request is notified in writing to the GVR at least fourteen clear days before commencement of the trip or tour. Each such cancellation will be subject to the $30 administration charge per person booked.

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Book now for The Manawatu Gorge Explorer - Sunday 7th of April 2024

Your ticket includes return train travel to Woodville.