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The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway


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Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0684
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a coffee at the train station cafe while waiting for the train to return .was a old diesel locomotive just chugged along at a speed where you can listen to the conductors comentry and take some photos .The lady history was great on this...More

Thank rosko123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers. I had a lovely chat with the ticket seller. One of the guards provided commentary during the ride. By the way you can sit either in the enclosed or open-air carriage. Ad I was...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it, my son loved it as he is a very excited train enthusiast. Great history of the area and train, great guide. Recommend to all

Thank Inspire816133
Reviewed 6 August 2018

There is no where else in Nz you will get to travel by train down the main road. Our sons love the train whistle you can buy in the gift shop. The large whistle is very realistic and not too loud.

Thank SwissWahine
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

1  Thank John M
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

1  Thank kimmyevo
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

1  Thank vincent12089
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
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
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

1  Thank Leighton R
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