Vine and Dine Express

Relax this Auckland Anniversary weekend in good company with your family and friends - hop on the train from Waiuku or Pukekohe and choose from one of three fun activities with us today. Whether it be a special dinner and sampling some wine at the renowned Vilagrad winery, spending an evening at The Base, or enjoying a rail cruise to Te Kuiti with the option of a three course dinner served on the train. A great option for the family is to browse the shops, catch a movie, then find something tasty for dinner. Perhaps you might just want to stay on the train and go a little further to Te Kuiti with a chance to watch the locomotive be turned on the turntable. Either way, weÔÇÖre sure this will be a very relaxing, boutique and enjoyable experience not to be missed!

Join us at Waiuku or Pukekohe where one of our friendly staff will be waiting to welcome you onboard. Once we are away from Pukekohe, settle in as our staff pass through serving your complimentary light refreshments. Enjoy the rural views as we make our way towards Hamilton where we arrive at the new and modern Hamilton ÔÇô Rotokauri station at approximately 4.55pm, right next to The Base to embark on one of your chosen options:

Option 1 - Buffet Dinner at Vilagrad winery

For those choosing the exclusive dinner at the Vilagrad winery, your bus transfer will be waiting and our staff will be on hand to assist you. Exclusively ours for this special dinner, the Vilagrad winery will be serving up a sumptuous buffet dinner for you to enjoy. While there, take the chance to sample one or two of VilagradÔÇÖs wines!

This option also includes a welcome drink* and complimentary light refreshments on the return journey. At-seat purchase of non-alcoholic and alcoholic* beverages will also be available.

Adult $129 - Child (2-14) $85
Timetable (Train Waiuku/Pukekohe to Rotokauri, Bus Rotokauri to Vilagrad)


dep. 2.10pm
Pukekohe dep. 3.05pm
Rotokauri (The Base) arr. 4.55pm
Vilagrad Winery
arr. 5.25pm

Vilagrad Winery dep. 8.25pm
Rotokauri (The Base) dep. 9.05pm
Pukekohe arr. 10.45pm
Waiuku arr. 11.40pm

Option 2 - An Evening at Te Awa/The Base Shopping Centre

If you have chosen an evening at Te Awa/The Base, then just head up and over the footbridge to The Base complex. There will be time to browse the shops, or perhaps check out the movies then find something delicious for dinner or just do all three!

This option includes complimentary light refreshments on the outbound and return journey. At-seat purchase of non-alcoholic and alcoholic* beverages will also be available.

Standard shopping hours are until 6pm with the food court, some stores, restaurants and the cinema open until at least 9pm. For more information on The Base, please see their website.

Adult $45 - Child (2-14) $30 - Family (2A + 2C) $135

Timetable (Train Waiuku/Pukekohe to Rotokauri)


dep. 2.10pm
Pukekohe dep. 3.05pm
Rotokauri (The Base)
arr. 4.55pm

Rotokauri (The Base)
dep. 9.05pm
arr. 10.45pm
Waiuku arr. 11.40pm

[SOLD OUT] Option 3 - An Evening Rail Cruise to Te Kuiti and return - Optional Onboard Dinner

With this option you can choose to continue on the train to Te Kuiti and enjoy an optional three-course dinner onboard the train. The journey through to Te Kuiti passes through pleasant farmlands and rolling hills. If you choose the optional onboard dinner, your welcome drink*, entr├®e and mains will be served at your seat on the journey south from Hamilton to Te Kuiti, and your dessert will be served on the return journey.

This option includes complimentary light refreshments on the outbound and return journey. At-seat purchase of non-alcoholic and alcoholic* beverages will also be available.

At Te Kuiti the locomotive will be detached from the train and turned on the turntable. There is time to stretch your legs here at the heritage Te Kuiti station before the train departs for the journey back north to Auckland.

Adult $69 - Child (2-14) $49 - Family (2A + 2C) $205

Plus Optional Onboard Three Course Dinner

Cheese Board - A Selection of New Zealand Cheese
w/ Seasonal Fruit, Housemade Chutney and Accompaniments

Lamb Rump w/ Mint Salsa Verde + Port Jus (GF)
Free Range Chicken Sauteed in a Beurre Noisette + Crispy Sage (GF)
Blackened Cauliflower Steak w/Romesco Penne Pasta (Vegan)

Seasonal Greens, Sauteed with Chilli + Garlic Olive Oil
Baby Oven Roasted Potatoes w/ Herbs + Butter

Chocolate Fudge Brownie w/ Coulis + Cream (GF, Vegan available)

Mini Club Sandwiches w/ Fruit Kebabs

Roast Chicken & Potatoes & Peas w/ Gravy

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Dietary substitutions are available on request

Timetable (Train Waiuku/Pukekohe to Te Kuiti)


dep. 2.10pm
Pukekohe dep. 3.05pm
Te Kuiti
arr. 6.50pm

Te Kuiti dep. 7.25pm
arr. 10.45pm
Waiuku arr. 11.40pm


This relaxed evening train trip is a great treat or thank you for the special people in your life!

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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 traveling 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 is prohibited anywhere onboard our trains, including on any viewing platform, this includes the use or charging of e-cigarettes.
  • Only alcohol served by your train crew can be consumed onboard (strictly NO BYO) - no alcohol must be taken away from the train.
  • Due to the heritage nature of our carriages there is limited accessibility for people traveling 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.
*Note: Service and sale of alcohol onboard the train is subject to an applicable license being granted by Auckland Council.

Book now for the Vine and Dine Express - Saturday 29th of January 2022

Your ticket includes return train travel. Tickets for Option 1 - Buffet Dinner at Vilagrad Winery includes bus transfers and Buffet Lunch. Optional Onboard Three Course Dinner ticket includes you chosen set menu option served at your seat.