TAKE A RAIL CRUISE

Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

Ro­torua is a place where you can en­joy many unique ex­pe­ri­ences and one of the more re­cent ad­di­tions to the city’s tourism of­fer­ing is Rail Cruising.

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 Rail Cruising with lunch or din­ner af­ter­wards at the old Ma­maku Rail­way Sta­tion.

Based just out­side Ro­torua, Rail Cruising 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 19lm 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 Rail Crus­ing 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 Rail Cruis­ers 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 Rail Cruis­ers 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.com t find out more about this unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

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