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The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
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A great diversion for a family day

One of the first railways on the North Island the railway was built to transport coal to ships in... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Leighton R
via mobile
Vintage train

Unfortunately the vintage train was not working when we had our train ride. It was still worth... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Dorothy B
Maryborough, Australia
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Railway Rd, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
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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

Thank Leighton R
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Unfortunately the vintage train was not working when we had our train ride. It was still worth doing as we have now been on a train down highway 1! Lovely people in charge and lovely people in the cafe. it would be great to do...More

Thank Dorothy B
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The day we went Timmy was running and we had a lovely trip down the main street out to the bridge and little walk on the bridge and then a trip back to town. Only family on the train so the conductor could tell us...More

Thank JodieC7A
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Well, we'd never expected something like that in a small town like Kawakawa. While we were having fish'n chips on the main road, this vintage train came steaming through town.

Thank jobst56
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This didn't seem to be operational when we arrived but the train tracks run down the middle of the main street. We went to the station but there didn't seem to be anyone there. Lovely to see the old steam engine though.

Thank SteveS1970
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely ride today on Gabriel through the town. Ann the guard was very informative and knowledgeable about both the town and the trains history. Visited the longest wooden bridge in the Southern hemisphere before returning to Kawakawa. Look out for the lava tree!

Reviewed 6 January 2017

We rode this railway during a visit from our home in Western Canada. On the day in question, the steam loco was still being reassembled after an inspection, so we had a diesel. We were the only passengers, but they went anyway! Apparently no-one gets...More

1  Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We spent a few hours riding and photographing the steam engine Gabriel. The line is about 3km but hopes to be longer soon when the river bridge has been restored (and it's getting close). The staff clearly love the railway and are proud to tell...More

1  Thank Janine B
Reviewed 12 November 2016

I was returning to Auckland by car when I saw the steam from the platform. A beautiful steam locomotive standing at the platform. I managed to get a few photographs before it headed off over the level crossing, down the centre of the high street...More

1  Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Restoration heaven here Dennis took us around the sheds and showed all the work going on. Train not out today but informative and mind boggling to see how restoration goes

1  Thank Molzmum
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