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“Unique ride for all ages”
Review of Railcruising

Railcruising
Ranked #2 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.
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Took a group of seniors railcruising in the Mamaku's last week and everyone really enjoyed it. The scenery includes beautiful NZ native bush (Dansey Reserve) with Rimu, Kahikatea & punga ferns along each side of the track. The view back to Rotorua and the lake is great, and we were lucky to have a fine day with good visibility. The commentary in the cruiser cab informs you about the district, the rail & the history of the area. The line is the second steepest railway in NZ. Neil & his partners do a great job - they even organised a lunch for my group which we had at the station afterwards. The station is a new building, log cabin style, and while there is no on-site caterer, there is room to sit and have your lunch if you bring it with you. There are toilets also. With rail dying out in NZ, it is wonderful to see Neil & co giving people a chance to experience a rail journey with a difference. Do take some warm clothing tho' as you are going through cuttings where the sun doesn't penetrate, so it can be quite cool. A most enjoyable experience, and can recommend it to other touring groups. There are 10 railcruisers, so 40 people can be catered for at ony one time. Thank you Neil and team!

Thank Bejae
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was great experience. Everything was made in NZ except the electric motors and the people that operate it are very friendly, committed & safety concious. The scenery was gorgeous and it was a lot of fun!

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Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

The experience was good but there is not much to see yet. The commentary is of interest. Staff are excellent. Time on track was 1 hour 10 mins. Will be good when rail takes you into Rotorua. The little cruisers are spacious and fun. At $76 a head, this was quite expensive.

Thank Russdi
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We had a fantastic time railcruising last month- a really unusual way of seeing the surrounding area and a lot of fun too!

Thank Londonweez79
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

A few friends and I decided to take the railcruise and loved it. Friendly team, beautiful scenery and definately worth it!

Thank Elocks
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