The Putaruru Flyer

Step onboard our lovingly restored heritage coaches, hauled by steam locomotive Ja1271. Settle into your seats to enjoy this special trip through the rolling farmlands of the Waikato to Putaruru and return.

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 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 Putaruru Flyer | Tokoroa to Putaruru and Return

>Bring your friends and family along for this little steam-hauled train adventure.

Boarding at Tokoroa station (behind New World - full details to be sent our with your boarding pass), the journey south sees us travel on a line that is the exclusive domain of freight trains. Soon you will relax and realise why the train is the best way to travel - especially when it is hauled by a heritage steam locomotive! On our journey we will pass through the settlement of Lichfield, finally arriving at Putaruru (spot where the old Rotorua Branch turns off). This is a great little trip for families, so pack a picnic and experience a rare opportunity to ride behind steam. 

Arriving back into Tokoroa station at 2.45pm, your journey with us here ends today, with plenty of time to share some fun stories of your little train adventure with us today!

A great short trip on your local railway hauled by steam - suitable for the whole family!


Ex Tokoroa

General Admission (ages 2+) $35



dep. 1.10pm
arr. 1.50pm

Putaruru dep. 2.20pm
arr. 2.45pm

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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 Putaruru Flyer - Saturday 8th of October 2022

Your ticket includes return train travel.

Return Train Travel - Tokoroa to Putaruru

General Admission (Ages 2+):
@ $35.00 each
Boarding at: