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“A great thing to do”
Review of Railcruising

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Mamaku
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great thing to do”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was a really neat piece of kiwi ingenuity! A great trip through the countryside (rain or shine) for all ages. Good safety briefs and very professional crew. Rail cars are spacious and easy to get in and out of. Great commentary along the track. Very unique experience for NZers and tourists alike

Visited February 2013
Thank jacs10Nz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A cruise with a difference!”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

A group of 3 friends and I hopped aboard the RailCruisers on a late Jan / early Feb trip to the North Island. It's a great way to see a different part of the countryside and from a very unique perspective! Lovely to do late afternoon or evening just before the sun sets in good weather, but even when the weather isn't great, you can still tuck yourselves away in the cruisers and listen to the commentary to learn about the area. The team there are really helpful and go out of their way to make it a fun outing all round!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank LizInSydney2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great trip and a great venue for functions!”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

We had guests coming from throughout the world to our wedding in Rotorua and decided to invite them all 60 plus to a pre-wedding function on the railcruisers followed by food and drinks at Mamaku Railway station. It was a fantastic afternoon, and everyone had a great time. Such a unique experience and a great way to see the countryside from a perspective you don't normally get to see. The rail cruisers themselves could sit 4 of us comfortably. Everyone had a great time, from the little kids, our friends and our parents too.

A must to experience when in Rotorua, and if you are looking to have a function, the station at Mamaku is a great venue.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Robert S
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Brilliant trip”
Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Excellent business, the carts are well designed and the track passes through amazing forest before opening onto a stunning view of the rotorua basin, staff friendly and helpful overall all very happy to have done this

1 Thank MadGazza
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Wollongong, Australia
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70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A unique experience”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

It was great travelling in your own railcar and watching the scenery. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The onboard commentary is very informative and interesting. It didn't matter that it rained for part of the trip, though I kept the sides rolled up and it did get a bit cool, even though it was summer. I would recommend taking a jacket.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Chris4201
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