First Class Experience

Enjoy the romance and luxury of this premium experience

First Class is the way to travel! You will be welcomed aboard the luxuriously appointed Parlour Carriage by your host. Settle in to the comfortable seating, or wander out onto the open air observation balcony. Enjoy the complimentary High Tea refreshments and take in the sights and sounds of our restored New Zealand Railways Steam Locomotive as you chuff through the countryside...


Steam Train Experience operating at Traffic Light Red!
The GVR Steam Train Experience will operate as a pre-booked session based activity under Traffic Light Red, on selected dates commencing from Monday 27th of December 2021.Please see our calendar for all open days.
The First Class Experience and Special Events will return at Traffic Light Orange or below.

In line with Traffic Light System requirements, GVR requires that all visitors aged 12 years, 3 months and older present their My Vaccine Pass when checking in at Glenbrook Station.
All visitors must also be pre-booked online to manage numbers.

For more details, please see our Visiting GVR during COVID-19 page.


📢 Service Announcement

We are currently refreshing our Food and Beverage service for this experience. Forward bookings for this experience will open after a date has been set for Auckland to move to Traffic Light Orange.

Your journey

After settling into the lovingly restored wood-panelled carriages or one of the open-air carriages, you'll hear the Guard's whistle blow and the hiss and roar as the steam engine hauls the train out of the station. The Guard will make their way through the carriages to clip your tickets and answer any questions you may have. As the train drops down the hill from Glenbrook, you will see lush farmland before descending through a tree-lined cutting towards Morley Road. Passing over the level crossing, you'll see the small Morley Road station building. At the bottom of the hill you'll see our Water Tank and Windmill which sources water from the Waitangi Stream to fill our steam engine tanks.

The train climbs steadily from here and rounds two gentle curves before arriving at the Pukeoware Workshops. Passing through slowly, you'll get a glimpse of some of our vintage wagons and carriages. The beat of the steam engine will change as it attacks the steep 1-in-42 Goddard Grade which ends when the train passes under the Shakespeare Road bridge. The train cruises through more farmland, and crosses Cornwall Road to begin the descent into Waiuku. You'll pass under three more bridges including the historic Brights Road arch bridge, and watch as the train rounds the sweeping curves dropping into Waiuku. Finally, you will arrive at the Victoria Ave station perched above Lion's Lake in Waiuku.

On the return journey to Glenbrook the train will stop for 15 minutes at the Pukeoware Workshops for you to inspect our restoration projects and to get a closer look at the locomotive. The return journey time is approximately 65 minutes.

The First Class Experience

We travelled the globe, taking inspiration from lounge and observation carriages from all of the famous railways around the world to design and craft our First Class Parlour Carriage.

You will board the First Class carriage at the head of the train through the velvet-roped walkway. Your host will welcome you aboard and as you settle in for the journey, you will notice the immaculately restored wooden panelling and premium decor. Relax in the comfortable leather seating, or step out onto the large observation deck for an up close look at the steam engine. On the journey to Waiuku you will have a close up view of the steam engine working, and on the return trip back to Glenbrook you will have an unrestricted full 180 degree view of the track as it disappears into the distance.

Included in your fare are complimentary refreshments in 'high-tea' style. These platters will be served at your seat to ensure you can continue to feast upon the view and ambience of travelling behind a steam train. Also included are complimentary tea and coffee, as well as cold non-alcoholic drinks. A perfect morning or afternoon tea in relaxing and romantic surrounds!

There's no better way to ride the rails than in the comfort of our First Class Parlour Carriage.

High Tea Menu

These included refreshments are absolutely scrumptious and are the perfect accompaniment to this relaxed journey.

Something Savoury
Mini pumpkin & tomato quiches
Ham & smoked cheese croissants
Cucumber & avocado sandwiches
Smoked salmon & Prawn Blini

Sweet Treats
Brownie morsels
Petite Macaroon
Lemon Tartlet
Fresh scones with jam and cream

Soft Drink Selection

Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy Free options available. Please inform us when booking. All items are subject to availability.


Our train departs at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm on selected dates. Please check our operating calendar. Your return journey takes 65 minutes. See full train timetable...

Ticket Fares

Seating is strictly limited onboard our First Class Carriage and booking online is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment as this experience often sells out.

Online bookings close 5pm the day prior. Limited seats on the day may be available for walk-ups, please enquire with the Glenbrook Station Ticket Office - call 09 236 3546 on the day.

Under 2 years Children (2-14 years) Adult Family (2 Adults, 4 Children)
First Class Experience - Return Trip

Requires child fare$30$50Requires individual fares

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