Scenic Train Rides

For Fans of Historic Rails

Living history combines scenic train rides with far-reaching views over Manukau Harbour and Nihotupu Valley. On the Waitakere Tramline and the Rain Forest Express these views interchange with bush and rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges.

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In Waiuku, South of Auckland, the steam locomotive of the Glenbrook Vintage Railway takes its passengers on a ride through rural South Auckland including a visit to its workshop.

Each year multiple long distance steamengine tours are organised by the Mainline Steam Heritage Trust. They are publicised for bookings to take part on scenic train rides.

The Trust is situated in Parnell, in the heart of Auckland. Public visitors and railway enthusiasts are welcome to view their largest collection of steam engines in New Zealand, from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 4pm.

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The Waitakere Tramline


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www.waitakeretramline.org.nz
Phone: (09) 818 4946

The Waitakere Tramline Society voluntarily runs each Sunday four historic rail tours of 5.5 km length. The first one starts by sun and rain at 10 am and the last leaves at 2.30pm. Bookings are required and can be made by phone. Meeting point is the George’s Depot on the Filter Station on Christian Road in Swanson.

Highlights of the tour are views to the far stretching Manukau Harbour, bridges, viaducts and two tunnels. In one of them glow worms are at home. Destination is the impressive water dam. In order to supply a growing city with water in 1900 the Auckland city council instructed the build.

Rain Forest Express


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www.watercare.co.nz/
Phone: 09 302 8028
e-mail: rainforest@water.co.nz

Saturday and Sunday train rides vary between picnic, basic and twilight rides. The difference is commencing time and length of time stopped for picnic or BBQ at twilight. Trains that take off at 10 am are off for a picnic, those at 2pm are regular rides, and at 6 pm they include time for a BBQ.

Pick up and drop off point is the Jacobson's Depot at 280 Scenic Drive in Titirangi. About 5km from Titirangi Village at the depot a narrow-gauge railway makes its way past 10 tunnels, and two bridges along the historic tramline to the historic Nihotupu dam. The tramline is still used today for maintenance work on the dam.

The knowledgeable driver of scenic train rides commentates on history of dam and region, flora, and fauna.

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Glenbrook Vintage Railway

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www.railfan.org.nz/

The Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc. operates at Farm Park Road in Glenbrook, Waiuku, a steam locomotive service. Each Sunday and public holidays from Labour Day to Queen’s Birthday a 12 km drive through rural South Auckland takes place. Trains leave in an hourly interval between 11 am and 4 pm. Exceptions to the departing time are in place on the 13th and 20 December. Then the steam locomotive will leave in sequences of 1 hour and 15 minutes starting at 11 am. Addition to the nostalgic rail tour is a visit to the workshop.

Mainline Steam Heritage Trust


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www.mainlinesteam.co.nz
Address: 23 Cheshire St, Parnell, Auckland
Phone: 64-9-270 5592

The museum Mainline Steam Parnell Depot holds New Zealand’s largest collection of steam locomotives. Operating hours are from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 4 pm.

The trust devoted to restoring and operating steam engines organises long haul scenic train rides.

Train travel New Zealand combined with coach rides in a length of one to seven days let tourists explore panoramic scenery and the most popular attractions New Zealand has to offer.

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