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Train buff or average day tripper, you can choose what you like from about a dozen annual "Heritage... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2018
CarolDM1900
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Montpelier, Vermont
Steam in to Spring Excursion to Waipukurau

What a great day we had right from boarding to arriving back home, the whole steam train and old... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
MartyandAmy
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

What a great day we had right from boarding to arriving back home, the whole steam train and old restored carriages gives a fantastic atmosphere and experience, all the staff (Volunteers) were fantastic, the food on board was very reasonably priced, I had a hamburger cooked fresh as I waited it was one of the best burgers I have had in a long time, the souvenir shop had lots to choose from and was also very reasonably priced, I came home with a paper weight made from a bearing from JA 1271 NZGR which was the engine that was pulling our train for this trip, our carriage was one of the more modern ones with nice soft seats and tables which suited us as we had brought along a cheese board and crackers, some of the other carriages were older and while restored to a high quality they were not as nice as ours, Lunch in Waipukurau was disappointing, this is not a reflection on Steam Incorporated as lunch was provided by Pukeora Estate, Our trip back was just as good as going up as we swapped seats with the people seated on the opposite side so the we could view what we were unable to see previously. We will be following and travelling again on future tripos with Steam Incorporated.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank MartyandAmy
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is a great place to stop for a look around if your a train buff. I personally have stopped here many times and found the crew very helpful and able to answer any questions you may have. They are always looking for volunteers. I have always stopped here when someone is there and leave the wife to shop down the road while you spend a hour or so having a look at the heritage of New Zealand Railway history.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Paul D
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

With five little boys and their parents, we boarded the Kapiti Family Express steam train.
It was only about an hour's journey between Paraparaumu and Paekakariki and back again. But the boys thought it was wonderful; hearing the train hoot, seeing the smoke and steam belching out from the loco and chugging along at a slow, rattly pace was a new experience for them all.
Seasoned, elderly guards were extremely friendly, helpful and fun.
It was something for all to remember.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Maureen D
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Reviewed 1 June 2017

The Paekakaraki Museum is very interesting to visit and the staff are very keen to show the steam locomotives to visitors and to explain their histories and operations and to talk about the regular excursion trains that are operated on the NZ main line.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Ruth5757
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We took a steam train day trip to woodville. What a fabulous experience. Great views of course but something special being able to ride in a restored carriage, ours dating back to 1917. A short stopover in shannon wasnt long enough, but this was all about the train. The ride through the gorge was spectacular.
It was a long day but really enjoyable. The staff were mostly volunteers and very enthusiastic which was lovely. Totally recommend this outing.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Ah62
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