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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 July 13, 2014
Terri C
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Noce trip with nieces!

A very nice trip and a good way to discover the city environs! Also child really enjoy it! Trip is... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2013
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Really surprised that not that many people know about this place. It's such an awesome place. About 30 minute drive from Auckland CBD. Yes, you need a car to get here and have to book in advance. I did it via email and they responded pretty quickly. NZD$25 adult fare. They run mainly only on weekends.

About 2 hour train ride round trip. Each compartment fits up to 4 adults although the space is more comfortable for 2 adults. It's cover by a glass window including the overhead and one side (where the door is) is open so be sure to dress warm in cold weather like now. Once you get to the Dam, you can climb up 153 steps to the top of the Dam and walk for about 10 minute leisurely to a picnic area.

The train runs even when it rains and it does rain quite a bit in Auckland in Winter time. There are benches on the picnic area (roof over it). They gave you about an hour and 10 minutes time for picnic. There are toilet areas before you take the train and once you get to the picnic area. You will go through so many tunnels where you can see glowworms and huge taranchula.

It's truly a rain forest in the middle of Auckland city. I think it's the best attraction in Auckland. No big tour buses. There's parking area and the sign that leads to the parking area is a bit confusing.

Copy and check out this link:

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1606937

9  Thank WorldPassport
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

This is an absolute gem and it's highly recommended fun for the whole family. We came across this excursion while looking for fun summer activities and we have raved about it ever since to all our friends. Run by Watercare (a large NZ utility company), the train departs from a depot just outside Titirangi village (West Auckland). Over the course of a few hours the train wends its way through native bush and narrow tunnels and up into the ranges, with glow worm spotting thrown in. The train stops at a quiet, bush clad picnic spot beside Auckland's Nihotupu Dam, before returning to the depot. It's a 2-3 hour round trip. We did the early afternoon trip which was perfect for us, however the slightly longer twilight trip sounds brilliant. Bookings during the summer months are essential. The train trip itself will suit all ages (maybe not young toddlers), however the five minute up hill walk to get to the dam from the picnic spot will not suit anyone with physical disabilities. Pack a picnic lunch. And be sure to enjoy a leisurely coffee at one of the Titirangi cafes before or after the trip. Visit the website www.watercare.co.nz

4  Thank FranBoNZ
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

Went for a birthday trip for a 90 year old lady! Amazing. The train is narrow as the track needs to be to traverse the landscape easily. It was an old railway that has been refurbished. It was nice to have a picnic area at the end of the outward trip to stretch legs and go for a wander. Well worth it especially when the weather is not to hot or wet.

Thank isiscatnz
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

Track throught he rainforest without the walking, see the views walk upto the dam glowworms, cave wetas and a few suprises.

Informative, educational and fun

Thank david603
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Not to be missed. Book far ahead as it gets full quickly especially over the weekends. Booking system is pretty old-school and manual, but if you manage to get a seat, you're in for a treat. Recommended activity while in Auckland.

2  Thank OutdoorAucklanders
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