The Spiral Express

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Return Train Journey from Ohakune and National Park

Mighty viaducts, tunnels, rivers and the famed Raurimu Spiral await you on this exclusive heritage train, day trip opportunity. Pack the kids lunches and bring your cameras as we travel from Ohakune to Taumarunui and return. Departing from Ohakune we climb north over the Hapuawhenua viaduct, to the highest elevation on the New Zealand rail network, before crossing the 79 metre high Makatote viaduct. Catch a glimpse of Mt Ruapehu as we skirt our way around this beautiful maunga before arriving at National Park for passengers. From National Park, we descend down onto the engineering masterpiece that is the Raurimu Spiral, whilst you enjoy your complimentary light refreshments served by one of our friendly onboard staff. Descend over 130 metres, in 7 kilometres, 2 tunnels and lots of curves, into the town ship of Raurimu. From here we continue our descent towards the Whakapapa river and from Kakahi, the Whanganui river will guide us all the way to Taumarunui. 

At Taumarunui, take a leisurely stroll through the main street, enjoy a coffee and lunch or shop local in any of the local stores. If you are really keen, you might catch a glimpse of our locomotive turning on the turntable. 

At 1.30pm, we depart depart Taumarunui and re-trace our steps south and take in the sights and views that you may have missed on the trip north. 

Arriving into National Park at 3.20pm and Ohakune at 3.55pm, you will be just in time to get the kids home for dinner, with plenty of time to go over your exciting day with us. 

Train and Bus Option from Taumarunui

A special option for Taumarunui locals is to catch the Southbound train service to Ohakune. This journey includes the train ascending the Raurimu Spiral and all the great scenery. At Ohakune, chartered buses will be waiting to return you back to Taumarunui in time for dinner. Seats for this option are extremely limited - so don't delay, book today.


Ohakune dep. 10.15am
National Park
dep. 10.55am
Taumarunui arr. 12.00pm
Taumarunui dep. 1.30pm
National Park
arr. 3.20pm
Ohakune arr. 3.55pm

Train and Bus journey from Taumarunui travels Southbound by Train and returns Northbound by Bus (returning to Taumarunui approximately 5.20pm).

 *This rail tour is subject to Ministry of Health, Covid-19 restrictions. Please read the booking terms and conditions for more information.

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Book now for the Spiral Express - Friday 16th October 2020

Your ticket entitles you to return train travel or return train/bus travel on GVR's heritage train including complimentary light refreshments.

This trip is now SOLD OUT