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Railcruising

11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand
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Rail cruising in style

What a fabulous unique experience. Really friendly staff, easy instructions to operate our little... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2017
freddodog
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Melbourne, Australia
Great fun on rail buggy through farmland and native bush

Such a clever use of a former railway line! Beginning at the warm Mamaku station with hot chocolate... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2017
AnneOrewa
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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11 Kaponga Street | Mamaku Railway Station, Mamaku 3020, New Zealand

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Reviewed May 27, 2017

What a fabulous unique experience. Really friendly staff, easy instructions to operate our little smart rail car and what fun cruising down a rail track in the beautiful countryside. This is a ingenious Idea and a really innovative new tourist experience. Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Such a clever use of a former railway line! Beginning at the warm Mamaku station with hot chocolate in hand, we listened to the briefing lady aided by a video, explain the safety features and what could be expected during the journey. Having selected the...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2017

Well worth a visit. A lot of work and effort has gone into developing this attraction. 91 year old enjoyed it too. If going during winter make sure you have a good jacket. Hosts do provide a rug but you benefit by having a bit...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2017

We can highly recommend this as a must do on visiting Rotorua,sitting in a comfortable Rail Car designed by the company putting on this unique experience The duration of the journey is 1 1/2 hours covering approximately 19 km return trip,there are no steering wheels...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

Lovely time. Excellent commentary covering historical and recent details of land use and railways. Lovely people running it. Thoroughly recommend it.

Thank Maria H
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Reviewed May 7, 2017

We have just spent the weekend in Rotorua, experiencing some of the many great things to do. This afternoon we drove out to the Mamaku Railway and took a trip down the old trunk line formerly used to transport timber in the boom timber milling...More

Thank Lyn Ese R
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Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

Nice time in an automated passenger vehicle. Fully automatic , relax and enjoy the viiews and commentary

Thank Peter P
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

We went Railcruising over the Easter weekend. Something different for us and it was a great experience. Mamaku Railway Station is a little out of Rotorua, so it is probably best to book first as we went out there expecting to get a ride only...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2017

We took a ride today,on this interesting Railway. It was extremely well organised, well maintained, and a fun experience. Very friendly staff, all in all a great time.

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Reviewed April 27, 2017

We visited this attraction and were pleasantly surprised at the whole set-up. It was extremely well organised with everything taken care of - from blankets and heating in the little carriages, GPS monitoring and even tea/coffee included. We found the carriages more than comfortable, bigger...More

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Julie C
December 6, 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
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A C
September 14, 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.
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