Discover Ruapehu Rail Tours

Find Beauty, Discover Adventure, Immerse in Heritage...


Upcoming Departures

June - Friday 11th to Sunday 13th
July - Friday 9th to Sunday 11th
August - Friday 13th to Sunday 15th
September - Friday 10th to Sunday 12th

Packages offered will vary between departures due to seasonal availability. Click the departure to see available packages and seasonal pricing that applies.

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The Heritage Train Journey

Discover the natural beauty of the North Island Main Trunk railway line onboard your very own exclusive heritage train with our Discover Ruapehu Rail Tours. Your weekend away starts when our friendly staff welcome you onboard our lovingly restored carriages which have travelled these lines for over 80 years. Travelling behind our very own heritage diesel locomotive, your journey will take you over undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most spectacular railway lines. From towering viaducts like the mighty Makatote, to the world famous Raurimu spiral, your journey takes you over some impressive engineering and through some amazing scenery.


The North Island Main Trunk is steeped in local and Maori history. Opened completely between Auckland and Wellington in 1908 after over 30 years of construction, the “Main Trunk” passes through many rural settlements and towns which were connected up to the major cities by the coming of the railway. The section we travel over covers the main centres of Pukekohe and Hamilton, followed by rural towns like Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, National Park and Ohakune. The railway geography is diverse, from rolling hills to the steepest sustained climbs up the extreme gradients south of Taumarunui. Our journey passes through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park, as well as conservation land, farms and forests.


Selected Highlights Include:

  • Travel over the North Island Main Trunk line on an exclusive heritage train
  • Traverse the world famous Raurimu Spiral
  • Cross over the spectacular Waiteti, Makatote and Hapuawhenua Viaducts
  • Track our path along the Ongarue and Whakapapa river valleys
  • Pass through the Porootarao and Raurimu tunnels
  • Stunning Mountain views and spectacular scenery
This heritage train operated by the Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be hauled by restored locomotive DBR1254. Originally built as a DB class locomotive by General Motors Diesel Canada in 1965, this locomotive was rebuilt by Clyde Engineering Australia in 1981. In 2017 the Glenbrook Vintage Railway took ownership of DBR1254 which underwent an intense overhaul before returning to mainline service in 2019.

The carriages date from 1939/1940 and would have made thousands of journeys up and down the main trunk. The carriages retain key features including the iconic flip-over seats, though have been tastefully redecorated for enhanced passenger comfort. The guard’s van that travels with these carriages provides an open viewing area for an uninterrupted view of the amazing countryside.


Your heritage train will be taking you to one of our spectacular destinations; Taumarunui, National Park or Ohakune. Here, you will embark on your selected tour option, and enjoy two nights away in one of these amazing locations.

Discover Ruapehu in style on one of our unique heritage rail tours.


Timetable (subject to variation required by KiwiRail prior to departure)


Outward

Auckland (Pukekohe) dep. 9.05am
Hamilton (Frankton)
dep. 11.00am
Te Awamutu
dep. 11.40pm
Otorohanga dep. 12.05pm
Taumarunui arr. 1.45pm
National Park
arr. 3.15pm
Ohakune arr. 3.55pm
Inward

Ohakune dep. 11.30am
National Park
dep. 12.10pm
Taumarunui dep. 1.10pm
Otorohanga arr. 3.00pm
Te Awamutu
arr. 3.25pm
Hamilton (Frankton)
arr. 3.55pm
Auckland (Pukekohe)
arr. 5.55pm

Connection can be made between AT Metro trains and our special train at Pukekohe Station. Please see the www.at.govt.nz for timetable details.

The Destination

The world renowned Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park set the backdrop for a truly unique New Zealand experience. Situated just south of Lake Taupō, Ruapehu region with its dramatic volcanic landscapes, lush native forests and spiritual rivers epitomise New Zealand's pure outdoors.
Ruapehu region is the only area in New Zealand where you can experience such dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Tongariro National Park World Heritage site and, within the same area, immerse yourself in the lush dense forest of the Whanganui National Park. The power of the mountains in the Tongariro National Park coupled with the mighty Whanganui River will leave you energised and refreshed.


The Packages

Visit Ruapehu have partnered with the Glenbrook Vintage Railway to bring you these hand crafted packages so that you can experience the best of the Ruapehu region.
For more information on these packages, please call the Ruapehu i-SITE team on 0800 647 483 or email them at isite@ruapehudc.govt.nz.

The i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in Taumarunui, Ohakune, or Whakapapa Village (National Park) will be in touch shortly after your booking to confirm the exact details of your trip.
They are also on hand should you need any other assistance, advice, or suggestions - you can reach them on 0800 647 483.

All packages are subject to availability, after you place your booking the i-SITE will confirm your arrangements with the individual providers and operators.
If parts of your chosen package are unavailable, the i-SITE will work with you to provide a suitable substitution/customisation or we will refund you fully.






Choose from packages based in Taumarunui, National Park or Ohakune...


Ohakune


3 days/2 nights @ $899 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021 - limited availability, Book Now! 
Fancy a true alpine lodge style getaway? Journey by train to the picturesque township of Ohakune and take in the mountain and the beautiful surrounds.
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3 days/2 nights from $1349 (off peak) for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: Contact the Ruapehu i-SITE for amazing packages like this one. 
Fancy a true alpine lodge style getaway? Journey by train to the picturesque township of Ohakune and take in the mountain and the beautiful surrounds.
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3 days/2 nights from $1349 (off peak) for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: Contact the Ruapehu i-SITE for amazing packages like this one.
Visit our National Military Museum at Waiouru, stay in true alpine lodge style accommodation and journey by train over the spectacular Main Trunk Line.
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3 days/2 nights @ $1199 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Take a journey through time and bike over the Ohakune Old Coach Road, explore local river walks and keep on theme by staying at the 108 year old Kings Ohakune Lodge.
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3 days/2 nights @ $649 for one, $1299 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Pack your hiking boots, this tour is about trekking through history and nature, lush native bush and the bubbling mountain streams. Ohakune links you to all that is good in life.
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3 days/2 nights @ $1169 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 10 September 2021
Journey by train to Ohakune, ride the Old Coach Road and relax at the modern and well appointed Manuka Lodge.
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National Park


3 days/2 nights from $929 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Explore the world famous Tongariro crossing, explore National Park village and dine local whilst staying at the popular Plateau Lodge.
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3 days/2 nights @ $1169 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Take a break from fast paced city or town life and relax at the iconic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.
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3 days/2 nights @ $759 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Weekend mountain fun escape with a difference! Travel by train with your friends to the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Whakapapa ski fields in the season.
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Taumarunui


3 days/2 nights from $699 for one - multiple group/family options (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Adventure, explore and connect with nature! Camp out or glamp out in Taumarunui, where kayaking, glow worms and baby alpaca cuddles await you!
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3 days/2 nights @ $639 for one, $1269 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Splash and Dash with a River Rock Cottage on the side! Stay at your very own cottage and experience the Whanganui river history with a paddle and a jet.
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3 days/2 nights @ $1629 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Stay at the Alexander Spa in the heart of Taumarunui township. Embark on a thrilling jetboat adventure to a pioneer settlement followed by a guide on conservation, topped with a bit of lavender.
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3 days/2 nights @ $1619 for one, $3219 for two (ex Auckland)
Available departures: 11 June 2021, 9 July 2021, 13 August 2021, 10 September 2021
Ever wanted to try fly fishing? Beginner or experienced, our host will teach you the tricks and show you the good spots on this fisher’s retreat weekend.
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Custom Packages and Train Only Options



Fancy your very own unique Ruapehu getaway? We can’t possibly put packages together for every hidden gem in this region, so why not create your own or even customise an existing package!

Our three amazing destinations; Taumarunui, National Park and Ohakune have so much to offer and experience. Who best to tailor a package to match your desire than our friends at the Ruapehu i-SITE.
Packages can be tailored for single travellers, travellers with children, or groups.

Contact one of the friendly and knowledgeable Ruapehu i-SITE team to talk about the many adventures, locations and beautiful accommodation options that will meet your expectations.
The team from the Ruapehu i-SITE will put together your very own unique package – including your train travel!

No fuss, one transaction and one simply amazing time will be had on your Discover Ruapehu Rail Tour adventure.

To get started, contact the friendly Ruapehu i-SITE team on 0800 647 483 or email them at isite@ruapehudc.govt.nz.

Train Only Option

Want to go your own way or just visit family/friends? You are more than welcome to book a Train Only Option to Ohakune, National Park, or Taumarunui.

The friendly Ruapehu i-SITE team can help you with arranging any accommodation or activities - contact them on 0800 647 483 or email them at isite@ruapehudc.govt.nz.

This option gives you total flexibility, but the same amazing scenery, heritage train experience, and warm Glenbrook Vintage Railway hospitality.

All packages include return train fares. This option is for return train travel ONLY.

Launch Special - June ONLY - $40 OFF Return Adult Train Fare!

Train Only Fare - 11th June 2021

Train Only Fare - 11th June 2021

Train Only Fare - 11th June 2021
Return Train Travel to Ohakune/National Park/Taumarunui
$199 Per Adult - to Ohakune
$199 Per Adult - to National Park
$199 Per Adult - to Taumarunui
$149 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune
$149 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park
$149 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui

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Adult - to Ohakune:
@ $199.00 each
Adult - to National Park:
@ $199.00 each
Adult - to Taumarunui:
@ $199.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune:
@ $149.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park:
@ $149.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui:
@ $149.00 each
Boarding at:


Train Only Fare - 9th July 2021

Train Only Fare - 9th July 2021

Train Only Fare - 9th July 2021
Return Train Travel to Ohakune/National Park/Taumarunui
$239 Per Adult - to Ohakune
$239 Per Adult - to National Park
$219 Per Adult - to Taumarunui
$179 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune
$179 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park
$159 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui

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Adult - to Ohakune:
@ $239.00 each
Adult - to National Park:
@ $239.00 each
Adult - to Taumarunui:
@ $219.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune:
@ $179.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park:
@ $179.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui:
@ $159.00 each
Boarding at:


Train Only Fare - 13th August 2021

Train Only Fare - 13th August 2021

Train Only Fare - 13th August 2021
Return Train Travel to Ohakune/National Park/Taumarunui
$239 Per Adult - to Ohakune
$239 Per Adult - to National Park
$219 Per Adult - to Taumarunui
$179 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune
$179 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park
$159 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui

Book Now

Adult - to Ohakune:
@ $239.00 each
Adult - to National Park:
@ $239.00 each
Adult - to Taumarunui:
@ $219.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune:
@ $179.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park:
@ $179.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui:
@ $159.00 each
Boarding at:


Train Only Fare - 10th September 2021

Train Only Fare - 10th September 2021

Train Only Fare - 10th September 2021
Return Train Travel to Ohakune/National Park/Taumarunui
$239 Per Adult - to Ohakune
$239 Per Adult - to National Park
$219 Per Adult - to Taumarunui
$179 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune
$179 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park
$159 Per Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui

Book Now

Adult - to Ohakune:
@ $239.00 each
Adult - to National Park:
@ $239.00 each
Adult - to Taumarunui:
@ $219.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Ohakune:
@ $179.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to National Park:
@ $179.00 each
Child (Ages 2-14) - to Taumarunui:
@ $159.00 each
Boarding at: