Ohakune - Old Coach Road Kings

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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Follow the path of early railway settlers to the region. Bike the extremely popular Old Coach Road, the road link for horse drawn coaches between rail heads during the construction of the Main Trunk Line. Experience local nature with short walks by the nearby Mangawhero river and stay at the 108 years old Kings Ohakune Lodge, with an awesome dinner menu and craft beers well stocked.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

📍 Auckland/Hamilton - Ohakune by Chartered Heritage Train
☕ Morning tea aboard train
🍽️ Single course dinner at accommodation

A rail adventure begins. Our friendly train-mad staff are ready to greet you onboard at your choice of boarding location. The journey south from Pukekohe takes you through the outer fringes of Auckland and into the Waikato. Our journey to Hamilton will be a mixture of rural farmland and their community centres like Te Kauwhata and Huntly. Be sure to check out the Whangamarino wetlands, the Waikato river and Huntly power station before curving our way through the Taupiri gorge. After our departure from Hamilton, we make quick stops for passengers at Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Te Kuiti marks the gateway to the real “Main Trunk Line”.

Our train will start to climb the steep grades, keep an eye out for the 132 year old Waiteti viaduct. Entering the Porootarao tunnel signals we have reached our summit. From here, we descend to the Ongarue river valley which guides us to Taumarunui. After a quick stop we then follow the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers for half the trip to the foot of the world renowned Raurimu Spiral. This engineering masterpiece overcomes a 139 metre height difference by spiralling up the volcanic rock escarpment. Catch several glimpses of the town as we climb the various levels of the spiral while also passing through two tunnels. As we burst out of the second of the two tunnels, we have reached the top of the spiral itself. We continue to climb towards National Park for a brief stop to set down passengers. From here, we embark on the final 30 minute gallop across the central plateau including cross the imposing 79 metre high Makatote viaduct and passing through native bush land.

We glide past the famous Smash Palace at Horopito before making our final descent over the 414 metre long Hapuawhenua viaduct and finally arrive into Ohakune. A shuttle bus will be awaiting your arrival at Ohakune and will take you to Kings Ohakune where you can settle into your room then pop down for dinner and a bevvy or two.


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

Day 2 - Saturday

📍 Ohakune
🍽️ Continental breakfast at accommodation
🍽️ Packed lunch
🍽️ Single course dinner at accommodation

Today starts with breakfast, followed by a shuttle to the bike shop to pick up your bike, then it’s off to the start of the Old Coach Road to begin your adventure back in time. This road was built in the early 1900s to form a link between the two railheads of the North Island Main Trunk line. The road passes through farmland, into native bush over the magnificent original Hapuawhenua viaduct down to the Mangawhero stream and into Ohakune. Here you can admire the hardships the early railway settlers endured building this vital rail link between Auckland and Wellington, amongst the wilderness of the Central Plateau. We recommend stopping to have lunch at the original Hapuawhenua viaduct, marvelling at the scenery and views on offer. Back to the Kings Ohakune for a hot soak in the spa then dinner and off to the bar to try some more of those delicious craft beers or a glass of wine perhaps?

Day 3 - Sunday

📍 Ohakune - Auckland/Hamilton by Chartered Heritage Train
🍽️ Continental breakfast at accommodation
☕ Afternoon tea aboard train

Roll back the curtains and take in the mountain views! After breakfast, you have free time to explore. Take a 15 minute stroll into town and visit the local shops or head up to the Mangawhero stream and trek a couple of the short, easy walks in the Mangawhero forest. Or just stop in at the station café for morning tea before your train whisks you away home.


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)


Historic Kings sits proudly overlooking the railway line in the Junction of Ohakune, only 250 metres from the start of the Ohakune Mountain Road. Established in 1913, this grand building houses a variety of accommodation options from Queens, Queens plus single, Queen plus 2 x singles and triple rooms. There is also a 4 bedroom house available which sleeps 9. With free WiFi, two spa pools, great restaurant and well stocked bar on hand – what more can one ask for?

The Heritage Train Journey

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.


  • Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return.
  • Two nights' accommodation at Kings Ohakune.
  • Transfers from Ohakune station to Kings Ohakune.
  • Transfers to activities on Saturday.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
  • Packed lunch Saturday.
  • Single course dinner Friday and Saturday.
  • Bike hire for Old Coach Road.
  • Free local walks.
  • Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

Terms and Conditions

Full standard Terms and Conditions can be found here: https://www.gvr.org.nz/terms

Additional conditions:


In the event that the NZ government imposes COVID-19 restrictions preventing the GVR train tour from operating, a refund of monies paid may be given, net of any outgoings or payments already made by GVR in conjunction with the operation and organisation of these tours on written application within 7 days of the scheduled date of travel.

Visit Ruapehu and Ruapehu District i-SITE Visitor Centre Conditions

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Ohakune - Old Coach Road Kings - 11th June 2021

Ohakune - Old Coach Road Kings - 11th June 2021

Ohakune - Old Coach Road Kings - 11th June 2021
Return Train Travel, Stay at Kings Ohakune, E-Bike the Old Coach Road, Explore Ohakune Walks
$1,199 Per 2 People

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