Find Beauty, Discover Adventure, Immerse in Heritage...
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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.
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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.
Timetable (subject to variation required by KiwiRail prior to departure)
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.