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The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0684
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Even without Gabriel this is a gem

Gabriel is the small steam locomotive, built in 1927, that is the star of the show on this railway... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
John M
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Geelong, Australia
Terrific Train Trip

My hubby and I arrived here on a rainy Friday lunchtime and parked for free outside the station, we... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
kimmyevo
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Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
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+64 9-404 0684
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Gabriel is the small steam locomotive, built in 1927, that is the star of the show on this railway. Unfortunately this loco is missing, having a major boiler renovation, but the line still runs with vintage diesel locos. It is still well worth a visit,...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

My hubby and I arrived here on a rainy Friday lunchtime and parked for free outside the station, we bought tickets last minute for the 5 km trip back and forth to the bridge. This bridge is currently being repaired with charitable funds raised by...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Somewhat lucky visit as usually only operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We had light refreshment at the station cafe and then boarded as the only customers. we were treated to an informative talk by the guard who was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. On the...More

Thank vincent12089
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

If you're into old trains, plus steam engines check out the vintage train station and cafe. You can ride the train. Great way to view the country side. Children can experience this too so good family activity.

Thank getdihere
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

It was a Thursday afternoon. The trains only run on Friday, Saturday & Sunday (and may run all days during holiday periods - check), but we went to the heritage station to have a look anyway. And it gave us a good flavor of what...More

Thank Keith C
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

One of the first railways on the North Island the railway was built to transport coal to ships in the harbour at Opua. Later it became part of the New Zealand railway network, and was closed by the 1980s. The section from Kawakawa to Opua...More

Thank Leighton R
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

Unfortunately the vintage train was not working when we had our train ride. It was still worth doing as we have now been on a train down highway 1! Lovely people in charge and lovely people in the cafe. it would be great to do...More

Thank Dorothy B
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

The day we went Timmy was running and we had a lovely trip down the main street out to the bridge and little walk on the bridge and then a trip back to town. Only family on the train so the conductor could tell us...More

Thank JodieC7A
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Well, we'd never expected something like that in a small town like Kawakawa. While we were having fish'n chips on the main road, this vintage train came steaming through town.

Thank jobst56
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

This didn't seem to be operational when we arrived but the train tracks run down the middle of the main street. We went to the station but there didn't seem to be anyone there. Lovely to see the old steam engine though.

Thank SteveS1970
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