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The Paekakariki Family Express


Sun 1 Dec 2013, 8:50am–11:20am
Sun 1 Dec 2013, 11:55am–2:20pm
Sun 1 Dec 2013, 2:55pm–5:20pm

Where: Paekakariki Railway Station, Tilley Road, Paekākāriki, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Return: $30.00 ea
  • Child Return: $15.00 ea
  • Adult ONE Way: $20.00 ea
  • Child ONE Way: $10.00 ea
  • Additional fees may apply

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Bring the family to ride on our Paekakariki Family Express to experience the nostalgia of travelling on a real heritage train. On Sunday 1st December we will be offering rides between Paekakariki and Wellington.

The excursions will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first passenger train to run in New Zealand that took place on 1st December 1863.

Three round trips will operate during the day from Paekakariki to Wellington and return. You will have the option of joining the train at Paekakariki or Wellington. Both One Way and Return fares are being offered.

For two of the round trips the train will be hauled by our coal fired steam locomotive Ja1271. The other trip will be hauled by our heritage diesel locomotive Da1431. All trains will be using our fleet of red heritage carriages, many with open end balconies.

The train will include a buffet car selling drinks and snacks, and our souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia.

You can travel either ONE Way or RETURN.

For trains running from Paekakariki to Wellington it will also be possible to board at Plimmerton Station (and alight there on the journey back.

For trains running from Wellington to Paekakariki it will also be possible to board at Takapu Road Station (and alight there on the way back.

At Paekakariki there will be about 30 minutes in between trips while the locomotives are changed. You will be able to watch this operation from the station platform. Also at the Paekakariki Station the Station Museum and Kakariki Books will be open. Adjacent to the station platform we will have our new locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele” on display. This WWI Memorial locomotive is nearing the completion of a major restoration and will enter excursion train service next year.

At Wellington there will be about a 30 minutes in between trips while the locomotive is taken off the train and turned for the run back to Paekakariki.