TAKE A RAIL CRUISE
Rotorua is a place where you can enjoy many unique experiences and one of themore recent additions to the city’s tourism offering is RailCruising.
It’s a world first self-drive excursion which enables you to experience the joys of running a railway in your very own fully automated petrol/electric hybrid four seater rail car.
You’ll travel along a railway line through the Rotorua countryside.
It’s a great experience to share with family and friends and popular with clubs and community groups, with many combining RailCruising with lunch or dinner afterwards at the old Mamaku Railway Station.
Based just outside Rotorua, RailCruising excursions depart from Mamaku Railway Station at set times daily. The rail cars are designed to keep riders warm and dry regardless of the weather outside.
The journey is 19km return through beautiful Dansey Scenic Reserve and rolling farmlands overlooking Lake Rotorua.
During the 1940s the railway lines you’ll travel during your rail cruise were at the heart of a thriving forestry industry, No longer used by trains, it is now leased to the owners of Rail Riders who developed the RailCrusing tourist attraction.
You’ll learn more about the railway line’s history and its place in this part of the country in days gone by during your cruise.
Groups of RailCruisers depart one after the other, travelling from Mamaku Railway Station to Tarukenga Railway station where you’ll turn around and head back, listening to audio commentary.
It’s very safe. You’ll get a briefing before you head off and there’s an onboard computer controlling the RailCruisers speed – at certain points you’ll automatically slow down or speed up. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view.
Check out www.railcruising.comfind out more about this unique experience.