45 minutes drive from central Auckland on a weekend. We turned up on Mother's day to find that Mums got a free ride on the train. What a nice thought. At the stations there were three lovely ladies playing wartime music on accordians which went well with the enjoyment of a steam train ride. A lot of effort has been put in by the enthusiasts to make the visit enjoyable.
Tips: Check timetables and ensure you go on a day when the steam trains are running. It is an approximately 1hr round trip stopping at Waiuku for 10 minutes and the railway yard for 10 mins. We would have stopped in Waiuku and caught the next train back but hadn't planned our day well enough.
Visit the website - all the information is there
There is a small cafe serving tea, filter coffee, ice creams, sandwiches, cakes etc and soft drinks but the choice is limited. There is a nice outside picnic area
Great for children. There is also an animal park within walking distance. The entry charge on the day was $20 for 2 adults and 2 children. Have also been there previously when they've offered pony rides.
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