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11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574
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great experience

We really enjoyed the ride on the rail car. If it had been sunny it would have been perfect. We... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Sharon W
Unique Rail Experience

This was great fun! A ride along an old branch line in a self-controlled rail car seating up to... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Mark B
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Experience the unique joy of traveling along a railway line in your own powered self-drive railway vehicle, called a RailCruiser. The RailCruiser is a fully automated, state of the art petrol-electric four seat self-drive railway vehicle, with comfortable seats and unobstructed views. It is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides. Departing from Mamaku Railway Station travel 10km through a majestic 1000 year old native forest, past rolling pastures with views out over Lake Rotorua to Tarukenga Railway Station. After a short break at Tarukenga whilst the RailCruisers are turned, you return in your RailCruiser back to Mamaku. Cruising along at 20km/hr, you can listen to the audio tour. This is the ultimate way to experience a railway.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“rail cruising” (34 reviews)
“self drive” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
+64 800 724 574

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

We really enjoyed the ride on the rail car. If it had been sunny it would have been perfect. We enjoyed the commentary and the peaceful ride. Would recommend to families and couples.

Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This was great fun! A ride along an old branch line in a self-controlled rail car seating up to four people. Well,I say self controlled and while you start it off by releasing the brake, and can stop it in an emergency, it's really controlled...More

1  Thank Mark B
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We stumbled across the railcruising website while looking for activities near Rotorua and after watching the video decided it was a must-do experience. Small electric rail cars which seat up to 4 people cruise along a restored train line through the countryside- forest, farmland and...More

Thank Gwen008
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Three of us traveled in one of these cutsie little rail cars and even though the rain was bucketing down we were comfy and dry whilst enjoying the commentary and the scenery. On a clear day I believe one has views of the lake and...More

Thank Helen L
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The electric train took us through some lovely NZ scenery. Even though it was wet the cars were dry and warm. Neil & Jane were great hosts.

Thank Margaret V
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I'm a huge train fan, but didn't know this existed. I saw a video at our hotel and we made a spontaneous decision to try it out. Fun journey, nice views and informative recordings allowed us to learn more about Rotorua and the surrounding area...More

Thank LGDave
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Helen was a great hostess with a heck of a sense of humour. These people have worked so hard to provide a marvellous journey through some pleasant countryside. Very relaxing and enjoyable, the four of us are most grateful. I am on my way back...More

Thank Wonjee
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had a great experience at rail cruising. The staff are awesome and its a unique experience. Nice and relaxing to sit back and take in the scenery.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Love TRAINS, what about miniature, actually Golf Buggy style, (seats four) you can even let the little ones in the front. Fully automated V3000 Cruiser Self Drive Hybrid, offering approx 20ks of Native Forest and Farm land with commentary at certain locations. As Mamuka Express...More

1  Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We really enjoyed our time on the rail carts. Gave the feeling of driving your own train and because they are spaced out, most of the time you can't see the carts in front or behind so you really get the feeling of being out...More

1  Thank Ed H
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Julie C
6 December 2016|
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Response from valma p | Reviewed this property |
No. Have to wait till you get to bottom. We did video however
14 September 2015|
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Response from Ian R | Reviewed this property |
About three hours. You need to book as they send groups down the line all at the same time.