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Address: 11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 800 724 574
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Experience the unique joy of traveling along a railway line in your own...

Experience the unique joy of traveling along a railway line in your own powered self-drive railway vehicle, called a RailCruiser.

The RailCruiser is a fully automated, state of the art petrol-electric four seat self-drive railway vehicle, with comfortable seats and unobstructed views. It is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides.

Departing from Mamaku Railway Station travel 10km through a majestic 1000 year old native forest, past rolling pastures with views out over Lake Rotorua to Tarukenga Railway Station. After a short break at Tarukenga whilst the RailCruisers are turned, you return in your RailCruiser back to Mamaku.

Cruising along at 20km/hr, you can listen to the audio tour. This is the ultimate way to experience a railway.

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Lovely Experience

We can highly recommend this as a must do on visiting Rotorua,sitting in a comfortable Rail Car designed by the company putting on this unique experience The duration of the... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We can highly recommend this as a must do on visiting Rotorua,sitting in a comfortable Rail Car designed by the company putting on this unique experience The duration of the journey is 1 1/2 hours covering approximately 19 km return trip,there are no steering wheels just a brake if needed for the designated person to use On the first part... More 

Thank Kiwis2NthShoreAuck
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely time. Excellent commentary covering historical and recent details of land use and railways. Lovely people running it. Thoroughly recommend it.

Thank Maria H
Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just spent the weekend in Rotorua, experiencing some of the many great things to do. This afternoon we drove out to the Mamaku Railway and took a trip down the old trunk line formerly used to transport timber in the boom timber milling days. So fantastic to see the old railway tracks being put back to good use,... More 

Thank Lyn Ese R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice time in an automated passenger vehicle. Fully automatic , relax and enjoy the viiews and commentary

Thank Peter P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went Railcruising over the Easter weekend. Something different for us and it was a great experience. Mamaku Railway Station is a little out of Rotorua, so it is probably best to book first as we went out there expecting to get a ride only to be disappointed and have to come back the next day. The staff are well... More 

1 Thank Bruce F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a ride today,on this interesting Railway. It was extremely well organised, well maintained, and a fun experience. Very friendly staff, all in all a great time.

Thank Robyn C
West Auckland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this attraction and were pleasantly surprised at the whole set-up. It was extremely well organised with everything taken care of - from blankets and heating in the little carriages, GPS monitoring and even tea/coffee included. We found the carriages more than comfortable, bigger than we thought they would be and traveled quicker than expected. Enjoyed the commentary as... More 

1 Thank thompsonmc2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved it. It's worth the drive (it's about 30min drive from Rotorua) and good value if you are a fan or railways and trains. Railcruising put good use of an existing railway system and developed it into a tourist attraction. You gotta travel within the scenic reserve where no public is accessible. It's breathtaking! Due to the fact that... More 

1 Thank HolidayMakerX5
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This very special experience can only be found here. Amazing railway experience. My younger cousin absolutely loved this experience. Definitely worth it and I hope more people will go on these small rail cars!

Thank SamuelCase
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we were a bit taken aback at the price ($150 odd for 2 people), we're glad we went. It's clearly been a labour of love and you have to admire that sort of passion. The rail cars were great, the views and the commentary of the history of the area was quite fascinating. It was a nice long run,... More 

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