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 trip sold out in only a few days last time - don't delay, book today!

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.

The town will be there to greet us when we arrive at Hawera - keep an eye out in your emails for more information!

Your train will be ready to depart at 1.30pm to take you home again. Arriving into New Plymouth just after 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. 9.45am
Hawera arr. 11.30am
Hawera dep. 1.30pm
New Plymouth (Puke Ariki)
arr. 3.10pm

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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 Taranaki Mountaineer - Saturday 16th July 2022

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