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11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574
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Went RailCruising at Rotorua. This is must experience. Staff are very professional and the mode on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland, New Zealand
Lovely way to see the countryside

We thoroughly enjoyed this relaxing, auto driven, drive through the countryside. The stray duck and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“rail cruising” (34 reviews)
“self drive” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went RailCruising at Rotorua. This is must experience. Staff are very professional and the mode on transport is very very safe and easy to operate. Great views of the lake and many animals. Sheep Black & white -Cows Black & white. Ducks and even rabbits....More

Thank wthomaskay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this relaxing, auto driven, drive through the countryside. The stray duck and chicken on the tracks added to our excitement with the honking of our horn to move them on. With clear side flaps to block cold air and rain and blankets...More

Thank DawnBeamsley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A most enjoyable experience. Well designed jiggers, and despite many other parties the separation made them unnoticeable. Well done Railcruising, all the best for the future.

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really enjoyable trip. Mostly automated drive but some work to do when stopping. The railcruiser travels a considerable distance through a variety of terrain with amazing views. A truly unique experience and great value.

Thank Grant B
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I really enjoyed my trip on the rail car, looking at the scenery as it travelled across the countryside. It rained by the railcar was enclosed so it was not a problem. An electronic guide came on and explained things at various points on the...More

Thank Andrew_Huntly_NZ
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We chose to do this tour for my son who loves trains. Admittedly we didn’t research it much and we expected to actually be able to drive the cart ourselves. We also didn’t expect to pay $190 for 3 people. The scenery was lovely and...More

Thank Jess1ca1210
NeilOppatt, Owner at Railcruising, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not receive the experience you expected. We pride ourselves in being the only tourist attraction in New Zealand that provides our customers with a private railway experience through...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Something different to do on our big day out in Rotorua. I loved going through the native bush and alongside lush farmland. Spring is an ideal time to do it. Plenty of colour, fresh green fields, bright yellow broom and splashes of white clematis in...More

Thank NemaNZ
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Your big chance to drive on the railway line and not be breaking the law. Actually the vehicle (takes 5) is computer controlled from Mamaku Station but one of the passengers is in charge of the "handbrake" and it feels like you are in charge....More

Thank AucklandBruce
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We have a rail enthusiast in the family so this was a must during our visit to nearby Rotorua. It was a relaxing way to spend the morning and it is a great way to see some of the countryside. It was quite cold and...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We were only in Rotorua for a couple of days and rang Railrcruisers on the off chance that there would be availability the next day. The team at Mamaku offered a 9am start which fitted in with our plans perfectly. We had a briefing on...More

Thank GS249
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Julie C
6 December 2016|
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Response from valma p | Reviewed this property |
No. Have to wait till you get to bottom. We did video however
14 September 2015|
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Response from Ian R | Reviewed this property |
About three hours. You need to book as they send groups down the line all at the same time.