Ohakune - Ride and Relax

Journey by train to Ohakune, ride the Old Coach Road and relax at the modern and well appointed Manuka Lodge.

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Ride or relax for the weekend at the peaceful Manuka Lodge. Come down and stay, explore the Old Coach Road and on your return relax the muscles in the outdoor spa, or just relax on the sumptuous sofas in front of the warm open fire with a good book for the day. Take advantage of Manuka Lodge’s close proximity to town, visit local shops, cafes or restaurants for dinner, or just walk and explore the hidden gems this special place called Ohakune has to offer! 

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

📍 Auckland/Hamilton - Ohakune by Chartered Heritage Train
☕ Morning tea aboard train
🍽️ 10% off voucher available for selected restaurants

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. At Ohakune, your shuttle will be waiting to take you to Manuka Lodge. On arrival, take advantage of the discount vouchers and head into town to selected restaurants for dinner before heading back to the lodge for a good rest.


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
🍽️ Cooked breakfast at accommodation
🍽️ Packed lunch
☕ A complimentary beer or wine on your return
🍽️ 10% off voucher available for selected restaurants

Today starts with breakfast, transfer to where the biking adventure begins – the Old Coach Road! 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.

All that peddling not for you? Perhaps a leisurely day around town on the push bike, checking out the cafes and shops. Maybe hit the sumptuous sofas back at Manuka Lodge with a good book before enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or beer overlooking the rural outlook in this peaceful place.

Day 3 - Sunday

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

Time to wake up! Open the window and take in the fresh mountain air… Breakfast is waiting to set you up for the day. Time is yours this morning, check out local walkways or get a photo by the famous Ohakune Carrot. Perhaps head up to the railway station early for a coffee in the station café or try out one of the short Mangawhero river walks nearby. Either way, enjoy the last remaining hours before our train whisks into the platform to welcome you onboard for the journey home.  And of course, our friendly staff will be happy to see you again, and to assist you to settle in for the journey home. Take this time to have a little rest or share your stories with other guests onboard.


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)


Built in 2008 with an alpine lodge theme, the peaceful Manuka Lodge is set up for you to relax! With comfy open plan living, ensuites in every room, Wi-Fi, TV, an outdoor spa and wonderful hosts, you will be guaranteed a peaceful weekend overlooking rural Ohakune, within a short walk to the town centre and all the scrumptious eateries.

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 the Manuka Lodge.
  • Transfers from Ohakune station to Manuka Lodge.
  • Transfers to Old Coach Road activity on Saturday.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
  • Packed lunch Saturday.
  • Bike hire for Old Coach Road.
  • A complimentary glass of wine or beer your return from activities Saturday.
  • 10% discount vouchers for selected Ohakune restaurants for dinner. 
  • 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

These packages are organised through Visit Ruapehu and the Ruapehu District i-SITE Visitor Centres who handle all accommodation, transfers, and activities for these packages. Please contact them on 0800 647 483 or email them at isite@ruapehudc.govt.nz for their terms and conditions which apply to your booking.

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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.

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Ohakune - Ride and Relax - 11th June 2021

Ohakune - Ride and Relax - 11th June 2021

Ohakune - Ride and Relax - 11th June 2021
Return Train Travel, Stay at Manuka Lodge (Bed and Breakfast), Bike the Old Coach Road
$1,169 Per 2 People

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