The Manawatu Gorge Explorer

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.

With a convenient after-school departure time, this is a rare opportunity to spend the 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.
You will arrive back into Palmerston North at 6.30pm, just in time for a late evening dinner for the kids and time to share stories of the awesome sights you enjoyed with us today.


Palmerston North
dep. 4.00pm
Woodville arr. 4.50pm
Woodville dep. 5.35pm
Palmerston North
arr. 6.30pm

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 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 3-5 days before your departure date.

Onboard Information
  • Smoking or the consumption of Alcohol 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 Gorge Explorer - Friday 16th April 2021

Your ticket entitles you to return train travel on GVR's heritage train.