Experience the beautiful Whanganui River from your very own cozy home base at River Rock Cottage right next to the Awa! Cruise the Whanganui River by Jetboat or Helicopter and visit some hidden gems along the way.
3 Day/2 Nights from $3579 for 2 (off peak rate)
Call Ruapehu i-SITE 0800 647 483 for availability and pricing for your chosen departure.
Explore remote wilderness only accessible by river. Journey down river on our jet boat and return by scenic helicopter ride (or vice versa). Choose from two very special destinations: Posh Pioneers is a unique glamping site where you’ll enjoy genuine warm hospitality and gorgeous home-cooked food. Or choose Blue Duck Station Café, an iconic local farm where you can learn about conservation efforts to save the Whio (blue duck). This is a great winter family getaway or a trip for a group of adventurous friends. Enjoy all the comforts of home in between activities as you warm up in front of the fire and await your transport to dinner at your choice of local restaurant.
📍 Auckland/Hamilton - Taumarunui by Chartered Heritage Train
☕ Morning tea aboard train
🍽️ Continental breakfast at accommodation
🍽️ Lunch at Posh Pioneers
☕ Afternoon tea at Blue Duck Lodge
📍 Taumarunui - Auckland/Hamilton by Chartered Heritage Train
🍽️ Continental breakfast at accommodation
☕ Afternoon tea aboard train
Enjoy your very own back packer style cottage on the Whanganui river front. Three bedrooms, shared kitchen and lounge fully furnished with an expansive deck with river views. Shared bathroom, fridge, stove and TV with DVD player.
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 and Taumarunui. The railway geography is diverse, from rolling hills to steep gradients. Our journey passes through conservation land, farms and forests.
Selected Highlights Include:
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.
Full standard Terms and Conditions can be found here: https://www.gvr.org.nz/terms
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.
Operator Conditions and Disclaimer
Special Conditions Apply: Minimum of 6 passengers maximum of 18 (or max 9 on Return by Road option). Please call for pricing for smaller groups Depending on weather/river conditions jet boat or helicopter may be cancelled. This will be refunded in full and alternative activities substituted by agreement. Dependant on accommodation availability
Disclaimer Clients Acknowledge: Adventure activities are potentially dangerous and are undertaken at their own risk. They take responsibility for their own safety including any prior medical conditions. They indemnify and hold Blazing Paddles Ltd harmless for any accident, illness or liability, including lost or damaged property. Any refunds will be at Blazing Paddles sole discretion. Blazing Paddles recommends clients carry comprehensive trip and medical insurance
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 email@example.com 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.