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The River City Express


Sun 17 Nov 2013, 8:30am–9:15pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult ex Kapiti Stations: $139.00 ea
  • Child ex Kapiti Stations: $99.00 ea
  • Adult ex Levin: $125.00 ea
  • Child ex Levin: $89.00 ea
  • Adult ex Palm Nth: $115.00 ea
  • Child ex Palm Nth: $80.00 ea
  • Additional fees may apply

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Travel with Steam Incorporated North from Kapiti via Palmerston North to the river city of Wanganui enjoying a full day of steam travel. This is one of our special excursions to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first passenger train in New Zealand that ran back on 1st December 1863.

The train will be hauled by our steam locomotive Ja1271 from Paekakariki to Wanganui. We will be using our vintage carriages, many with open balcony ends and over 100 years old.

The train will include a buffet counter selling sandwiches, sausages, hamburgers, drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own food along. In the same carriage as the buffet counter is a souvenir counter selling all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia. Sorry NO EFTPOS on the train.

Train fare ex Kapiti Stations Adult $139, Child $99. Ex Levin Adult $125, Child $89, Ex Palmerston North Adult $115, Child $80.

A recent Wanganui attraction is the Tramways Wanganui Trust depot and museum. Here you can inspect the completed restoration of Wanganui tram No 12.

The river cruise has limited availability so please book early to secure your seat.

All train seating is pre assigned.

The following options are available at our destination:

Option 1 – Paddle Steamer 'Waimarie'
Enjoy a short cruise (approx. 2 hours) on the Whanganui River on New Zealand’s only steam powered paddle steamer. The Waimarie was built in 1900 and is still coal fired.
Adult $30, Child $20

Option 2 – Boyds Auto Barn
Boyds Auto Barn offers a fun family experience. With a wide selection of 1920's to 1980's vehicles and other motoring memorabilia, as well as collections of toys, jars, clocks, radios, number plates, and other post WW1 artifacts. Tea & coffee included. A stop will also be made to the Wanganui Tram Barn for a quick visit.
Adult $12, Child $7

Option 3 – Trip along the Castlecliff Branch (TBC)
Subject to approval from KiwiRail, while in Wanganui we are hoping do a short side trip along the recently reopened Castlecliff Branch. Approx 1 hour.
Adult $12, Child $7

Option 4 – Own Arrangements
Do your own thing during our Wanganui stopover. Such as visit one of the cafes in nearby Victoria Street, visit the Sarjeant Gallery, the Glass Blowing Gallery, the Whanganui Riverboat Centre & Museum, and the Tram Barn. You will have over 2 hours in Wanganui.