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401 reviews
Rotorua, New Zealand
About Railcruising
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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time here today. Booked at the last minute but it wasn't a problem. It's all so well planned and friendly. Loved it. Thanks to Collette for making it such a genuine and great experience.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank SallyBridgeroz
Reviewed May 2, 2019

This was excellent! The trip advisor was friendly and knowledgeable and provided really clear instructions. Trip is suitable for young and old-you putter along the rails looking at the scenery and listening to the commentary. The day was a little dreary with some rain but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 28, 2019

We took our 2 grandson's on this cruise....they loved it and so did we. The only downside was, that it was very cold..so try and pick a warm day. The views are just simply amazing, great views back to the lake at Rotorua. We enjoyed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 775gilvray
Reviewed March 31, 2019

It is a great and different activity that I haven't seen anywhere else. Easily available for all ages

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tastiger91
Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

What a cool and unique experience! We did this with our 5 year old son and we all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was raining the day we went and still was a beautiful time to go and certainly wouldn't matter what the weather was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank chucklesholmes
Reviewed March 19, 2019

The Rail Cruiser operation takes place at Mamaku Station some 20 minutes drive out of Rotorua on what was the main line into the city.. Clients are required to be on hand 15 minutes prior to scheduled departures at 11.00-13-00 or 15.00 each day on...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Clive R
Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

The hubs and I had some time in Rotorua and found this activity in an AAA magazine advertisement. It sounded quirky and totally up our alley so we made a reservation. Jane was really helpful over the phone as I had made an online reservation...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Heathertster
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

Rail cruising is one of a kind experience. I don’t know why no one else has never thought of this 19 Km return ride in your own fully automated rail car with a commentary

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank johnblaikie
Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

Two lovely fiendly ladies who were very welcoming...this is something you have to try...fun and informative hybrid railroad trip which was relaxing and we had beautiful weather to boot. Cute little railway cars that take you through the trees and growth and beautiful views of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed February 4, 2019

Great little activity for half the day. Amazing views along the trip of the lakes and country side of Rotorua. The owners were great and informative The purpose built carts are perfect with sound (that you can actually hear) telling you about what has gone...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Stevii1992
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November 10, 2018|
Response from Trip830912 | Property representative |
Yes - you are welcome to take your dog along with you as long as it is on a lead and under your control at all times. Regards Jane
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
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.