The Taranaki Mountaineer

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to ride around the mountain by rail! Pack a picnic, pack your camera and pack the kids and join us as we offer you an exclusive ride onboard our heritage train from New Plymouth to Hawera and return.

This lovely journey is a great day out for the family, departing from the New Plymouth coastline and heading inland through Taranaki’s rich fertile farmlands. Our train heads south towards Hawera but must make its way around the mountain along the way. Passing through country towns like Inglewood, Stratford and Eltham our train arrives at Hawera just after 11.30am.

At Hawera you can take the opportunity to picnic by the railway station or take the short walk into town for lunch in one of the many cafés or check out the local shops.

Your train will be ready to depart at 1.10pm to take you home again. Arriving into New Plymouth just before 3pm, you will have plenty of time to get everyone home for dinner, and share your favourite stories from your adventures with us today.


New Plymouth (Puke Ariki)
dep. 10.00am
Hawera arr. 11.35am
Hawera dep. 1.10pm
New Plymouth (Puke Ariki)
arr. 2.40pm

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 Taranaki Mountaineer - Sunday 18th April 2021

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