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“Different , interesting and historic, a tourist venture which will expand”
Review of Railcruising

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Mamaku
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Different , interesting and historic, a tourist venture which will expand”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Railcruising .com is the site of self drive electric cabs that go on the 1840 railtracks that were laid from Mamakau to the pink and white terraces in Rotorua before they blew up in the volcano. Mamakau is now a tiny settlement, reached from the road between Rotorua and Hamilton in the North Island of New Zealand . The line goes through native bush , and farmland, cuttings and a small forest for about half an hour before turning back . One person in the cab controls the brake ( cabs are for 4 max) and there is a walkiet alkie for emergencies Very satisfying rail noises as well !!. I enjoyed it , and there are plans for expansion if you look at the website . Take a good look at the large hut at the beginning in Mamakau -- you may recognise the Rangers Hut from Yogie Bear, , but copyright agreemantss ay that you won't . Up to you !! a very pleasant day out, very different form the usual in Rotorua, and I recomend it to everyone including families with children . At last something that you can sit down and enjoy without feeling you have to hurl yourself from a bridge !! Bring a camera for the line , no need for good walking shoes but also need some common sense. If it rains there are plastic side windows to roll up but could be cold in winter as no heating ( a cab on its own ) so bring jerseys / raincoats as you would anyway if weather not good. Mamakau is tiny so no cafe, two men run the outfit so very interesting to talk to , but look at the website for all info

Visited March 2012
2 Thank Tony H
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cool us Crusing in Rotovagus”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Well worth it great fun for all, Thanks Guys
Can't wait till track extended to Rotorua

Visited February 2012
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“A World First Experience”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Jess and Kieran were fantastically enthusiastic and went out of their way to not only explain all the safety features and sights to see but answered the endless questions that I had. I guess this is a world first for self drive rail cruisers. That’s right no driver necessary, no experience needed, and no licences required, just climb in and set off on a round trip of 19 km on an old disused railway track. The journey takes about an hour and a half including the safety briefing. This attraction is in stage one of its development and later during 2012 the track should be extended as far as Nongataha with the passenger terminal relocating to the end closer to Rotorua. Further extensions are planned with rail bikes being added as an additional attraction. Whatever stage the development is at check this one out.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Bigkiwi
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