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“A Great Experience”

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Kawakawa
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

We had a great time and the conductor/guide was very helpful and interesting. It was well worth the time to travel to Kawakawa.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Either as a common tourist or a railway enthusiast, this steam train experience shouldn't be missed. It is located at Kawakawa, 54 km north of Whangarei, at Bay of Island region.

Using vintage old steam engine named Gabriel, the trip travelling along 4.5km from Kawakawa station, through (the middle of) Kawakawa Main Street, then finished at Taumarere, through country side. This rail section was previously finished at Opua, but because of technical reasons the only ridable track is only 4.5km up to Taumarere.

At the end of this section, while the engine is turned around, passenger can have a walk on the longest timber curved bridge in NZ, before heading back to Kawakawa.

The total trip takes approx 1 hours and cost $20 - adult and kid $5 (below 5 year is free). The ticket is valid for the whole day (for unlimited trips).

This train is run by railway volunteer group which has a big dream to renovate and revitalize the track back to Opua in the future.

3  Thank santo t
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Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

We visited Kawakawa with the sole purpose of taking the kids (3&6) on the steam train through town. On the day we went it wasnt running, so instead we took our journey on the diesel (they operate on alternate days), which was fine. We had a guide giving us facts and jokes along the way, which became slightly repeatative. Journey down the main road was realitively short before heading into the countryside and to the railway bridge (under renovation) and old station (which contains posters with info about its history). For the cost (around $50 for 3 of us and 3 year old free) I wouldn't recommend making the stop - but if you have a little Thomas the Tank Engine enthusiast it might be worth a look.

2  Thank Bryerh
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Steam and diesel trains on alternate days, this railway has three claims to fame. The first railway in the North Island NZ, one of the few trains that still go down the main street of the town, and the longest trestle viaduct in the southern hemisphere. All this and more, the volunteer guard will tell you on your trip. Look out for the Lavatree!

3  Thank rogerrobert98
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

A great way to spend an hour during your visit to Kawakawa. Step back in time as you enter the railway station Gabriel in standing at the platform whistle blowing her tanks afe full and her firebox is burning, she is waiting for you to board. As she chuffs her way through the main shopping street everyone while everyone is going about their business. Very soon you will be in open countryside. An neat thing to do is to take a picnic and enjoy the half way turnaround station, joining the train again on the next trip.

2  Thank RodH46
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