Visiting GVR during COVID-19

Now that Auckland is under the Traffic Light System, the Glenbrook Vintage Railway is operating our Steam Train Experience and First Class Experience on selected dates.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Glenbrook Station for a relaxed journey by Steam Train through the countryside to Waiuku and return!

Due to COVID-19 we are taking extra precautions to keep our visitors and volunteers safe under the Traffic Light System:

  • Pre-booking of your train departure date and time is required under Traffic Light Red to manage visitor numbers.
  • Masks are required under Traffic Light Red and strongly encouraged under Traffic Light Orange to be worn for those aged 12 and up while inside. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged elsewhere too for the safety of other visitors and our volunteers.
  • A special timetable will operate to provide separation between passengers for different train departures.
  • Some activities will not operate or operate in a different manner.
  • In accordance with government guideines we do not require My Vaccine Passes to be presented.

Operating Dates

Operating Dates through to the end of our operating season in June are shown here.

Sunday 24 April 2022 and Monday 25 April 2022
Sunday 8 May 2022
Sunday 22 May 2022
Saturday 4 June 2022, Sunday 5 June 2022, and Monday 6 June 2022
...see other trip and event dates, see here.

Train/Session Timetable

Session times are 2 hours long and must be pre-booked on our website during Traffic Light Red.

During Traffic Light Red to maintain separation between sessions, we ask that you do not arrive before the start of your session time, there is ample time between the start of your session and the departure of your train. We also ask that you please vacate the main station area by the end of your session time.

Session Time
10:00am to 12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Train Departs Glenbrook 10:30am 12:30pm 2:30pm
Victoria Avenue (Waiuku)*
10:50am - 11:00am
12:50pm - 1:00pm
2:50pm - 3:00pm
Pukeoware Workshops visit 11:10am - 11:25am 1:10pm - 1:25pm 3:10pm - 3:25pm
Train Arrives Glenbrook 11:35am 1:35pm 3:35pm

*Please note that during Traffic Light Red, capacity restrictions mean you may alight at Victoria Ave (Waiuku) for a leg stretch but must return on the same train. We encourage you to visit Waiuku Town after your train ride, please see the Waiuku Town website for information on other attractions, activities, and amenities in the area.

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Train Fares

Standard GVR train fares apply - and must be pre-booked online during Traffic Light Red. Please note that Day Passes are not available and that the Hand and Motor Trolleys/Jiggers do not operate during Traffic Light Red.

Under 2 years Children (2-14 years) Adult Family (2 Adults, 4 Children)
Steam Train Experience - Return Trip
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Free $12 $25 $65
Steam Train Experience - Day Pass
Must be purchased at the Ticket Office
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Free $18 $37 $97
First Class Experience - Return Trip
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Requires child fare $30 $50 Requires individual fares
Hand jigger ride
Requires individual fares
Motor jigger ride
Free $2 $5 Requires individual fares

Unfortunately the rising cost of coal, other consumables, and general increases in costs we have experienced over the past 7+ years have reached the point where we can no longer absorb them. We have therefore had to make the tough decision to increase our fares to take account of these increased costs. Our volunteers and staff thank our visitors for their continued support of our railway through these uncertain times.

COVID-19 Precautions

My Vaccine Pass

GVR is operating in accordance with the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
GVR no longer requires My Vaccine Passes to be presented.

Contact Tracing

GVR will have on display NZ COVID Tracer QR codes on display at Glenbrook Station as well as in each carriage for you to scan.
If you want to manually sign in, please talk to our ticket office volunteers who can record your details.


For the safety of our visitors and volunteers, all persons aged 12 years and up are required under Traffic Light Red and strongly encouraged under Traffic Light Orange to wear a mask when inside any of our trains or buildings. We also strongly encourage people to continue wearing a mask at other points when on site. Masks are not required when eating and drinking, and some volunteers (such as those in the Steam Locomotive cab) are exempt from wearing masks for other safety reasons. If you do not have a mask or your mask become damaged, please ask one of our volunteers who have spare masks to give out. If you are medically exempt from wearing a mask, please do not be offended if our volunteers ask to confirm that you are exempt.

Physical Distancing

We ask that all visitors keep at least a 1m physical distance between themselves and people from other bubbles, or our volunteers where possible. There are plenty of seats available on our trains to allow you to distance, and we have a limit of 80 booked visitors per session during Traffic Light Red to ensure this.


It is important that all visitors are pre-booked (during Traffic Light Red). Additionally:

  • If you are sick, including showing any cold or flu symptoms - please stay home.
  • Please keep track of where you have been - you can also scan QR codes in each carriage on the train.
  • Maintain good hygiene including washing your hands, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.


We appreciate you being patient and treating our volunteers with respect as we get used to operating in the Traffic Light System. Please keep/leave at least a 1m physical distance from our volunteers where possible.


Seating is not allocated onboard the train, and you are free to choose where your group is seated. Please try to maintain a 1m physical distance from other groups, and scan the QR code in that carriage. Our volunteers will clean high-touch areas on the train between sessions for your safety.

Cafe and Gift Shop
Our Refreshment Rooms (Cafe) and Publications (Giftshop) will be open. At Traffic Light Red, the number of visitors permitted inside at a time is two. This is to allow for physical distancing.