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Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Kawakawa Northland

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Come join us for a fun, family-friendly adventure on the oldest passenger railway line in New Zealand (1864). The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway is an awe-inspiring 90 minute journey through the bustling town of Kawakawa on State Highway 1, travelling east across farmland towards Opua. Visit Taumarere Station and then travel over Long Bridge the longest curved rail viaduct in the Southern Hemisphere. Spot rare and endangered birds and unique wetland landscapes through to Te Akeake, alongside the beautiful Taumarere River. There's the option to walk or cycle one way on the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail or sit back and relax. The all-weather journey covers spectacular river views and unique flora and fauna, and we have both closed seated carriages, outdoor seated carriages and a large open deck for standing and bicycles. Our Guards on each journey talk to the local history, environment and culture and the train journey combined with a tour of the Te Hononga visitor centre, art gallery, Hundertwasser toilets and a look around the local gift shops in Kawakawa provides a wonderful excursion. Experience the magic of steam with our flagship steam engine Gabriel (1927), and our fleet of six vintage diesel engines and eight carriages making for a vibrant and informative visit.


  • Fantastic vintage railway train ride experience

  • Family friendly

  • Wet or dry activity

  • Small quality-gift souvenir shop

  • Charity run entirely by friendly volunteers


Full Description

Fantastic vintage railway train ride experience

The oldest railway in the North Island, family friendly and the only one to go along a main street of a town in NZ. 

We visit the longest curved wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere in Taumarere.

Trains depart 4 times daily on Friday, Saturday, Sunday all year; and every day in school holidays (except Christmas Day). Trains depart 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm. Return trip about 50 minutes. 

Return fares: $20 adult, $18 NZ Gold Card, $5 school age child, free under school age, $45 family (defined as 2 adults and up to 3 children). Single-one way fares: $10 adult, $2.50 school age child.

We run alongside the Twin Coast Cycleway and can carry bicycles on the train.


Meeting Point

Trains depart from Kawakawa Train Station for Taumarere and return.

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Kawakawa, Bay of Islands, 0210

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