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Rainforest Express - CLOSED

280 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
+64 9-302 8028
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Great day out

Would highly recommend this trip, we were amazed that all this was so close to Auckland. A very... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2014
Terri C
Auckland Central, New Zealand

I really enjoyed this .....it shows NZ unique forest...and the bonus is you get to see glow worms... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2014
Sue R
Titirangi, null, New Zealand
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Take a guided tour on Watercare's historic bush railway through the Waitakere Ranges. Hear about the hardy men who built the Upper Nihotupu Dam in the early 20th century; the conditions they lived in and the dangers they faced. Learn about the journey this water takes from the dam to your taps at home.Along the way travel through 10 tunnels and come face to face with cave weta and glow worms. At Quinn's Viaduct listen to the birds and the stream below. Watch the sunlight filter through vast stands of native trees lining steep valleys. The view is equally dramatic in the rain. (It is a rainforest!) See waterfalls cascading through the bush, maybe even a torrent pouring over the dam spillway.Pack lunch for our morning picnic trip (3 hours) or snacks for the afternoon trip (2.5 hours). During the summer months only, bring your barbecue food for our popular twilight trip (3.5 hours).The train is covered and trips run rain or shine.Open for public trips all year during weekends and school holidays, or charter the train for a private gathering any day of the year except Xmas Day.
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13 Jul 2014
“Great day out”
15 Apr 2014
280 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
+64 9-302 8028

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Would highly recommend this trip, we were amazed that all this was so close to Auckland. A very informative trip, well organised but you must book as it is very popular in the summer months.

1  Thank Terri C
Reviewed 16 April 2014

I really enjoyed this .....it shows NZ unique forest...and the bonus is you get to see glow worms and you are able to get a different perspective of the Waitakere ranges.The staff were helpful and the train is really cute.

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

A very nice trip and a good way to discover the city environs! Also child really enjoy it! Trip is very exiting and the tiny train is an alternative to reach places that don't normally reach!

Thank LoSherpa
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Great trip but please be aware it is out of action until the new year because of maintenance . From their website: ​The Rain Forest Express service is temporarily unavailable while repairs are carried out to the track following a land slip

3  Thank Marc V
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We went on the twilight trip - train to the dam in daylight, walk up the steep 150 steps / up the gentle slope to the dam, then a barbecue stop (bring your own food!) before back on the train in the dark to see...More

1  Thank carolgreenie
Reviewed 3 February 2013

We went on an evening trip on the railway and it was very interesting. The lady train driver was very knowledgeable. There are a number of ways up to the dam but we chose to climb the steps. There is a long picnic break built...More

4  Thank Rainstone
Reviewed 28 December 2012

Kids love trains and tunnels are the best part. This trip has long tunnels, bridges, scenic views, glowworms and wetas. The little train is a bit challenging for a large adult but you soon forget the discomfort enjoying the scenery of the beautiful Waitakere rain...More

5  Thank KKKJP
Reviewed 24 December 2012 via mobile

No doubt that this is a very interesting train ride. Not your usual train..a very small train and cabin sits 2 with less that 20 ppl on board . But it goes through amazing tunnel and great bridges and at places caves are about 1...More

4  Thank shawankit
Reviewed 22 December 2012

The Rainforest Express is amazing, he staff so helpful, informative and friendly and the area is outstandingly beautiful.

1  Thank Malcolm R
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Only a small train but huge on scenery .Tunnels ,bush, and a dam make up the journey .A lovely journey for not only tourists but locals too.

2  Thank Kerry J
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