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The Eketahuna Express


Sun 3 Jan 2016, 8:30am–10:15pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult ex Kapiti - Eketahuna (for Mt Bruce): $129.00 ea
  • Child ex Kapiti - Eketahuna (for Mt Bruce): $89.00 ea
  • Adult ex Kapiti - Opaki or Masterton: $145.00 ea
  • Child ex Kapiti - Opaki or Masterton: $99.00 ea
  • Adult ex Kapiti - Woodville: $99.00 ea
  • Child ex Kapiti Stations - Woodville: $69.00 ea
  • Additional fees may apply

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Travel with Steam Incorporated north from Kapiti via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge to the Tararua and north Wairarapa regions. Select from either, Eketahuna (Mt Bruce & Middleton), Opaki (north of Masterton), or Masterton as your destination. An ideal Xmas gift!

The train will be hauled by recently restored WWI Memorial steam locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele”, and we will be using our vintage carriages, some with open balcony ends. Ab608 was built in 1915 and has just turned 100!

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

The following destination options are available:

Option 1 Pukaha, Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre & Middleton Model Railway
Pukaha Mt Bruce is New Zealand's National Wildlife Centre for breeding threatened species. Learn about how Pukaha is now home to endangered species living in the wild; experience tranquil bushwalks through primal rainforest; check out kaka, New Zealand's forest parrots and their crazy antic at 3pm; plus many kokako, kereru, & tui. New for this visit will be the recently completed state of the art, Kiwi House and hopefully see feeding of Kiwi chicks. Savour light meals, espresso and inside/outside dining. Alight at Eketahuna. Bus transfer from train to Pukaha Mt Bruce included. Adults $27. Child $13.
During the Mt Bruce visit it is also possible to visit the nearby Middleton Model Railway (over 300 metres of track) & Cwmglyn Farmhouse cheeses. This attraction has featured on Country Calendar. Admission included above.

Option 2 – Opaki Vineyard
A few kilometres before reaching Masterton we will stop the train adjacent to the Paper Road Vineyard. The train literally stops at the gate into the vineyard. You will have time to spend an hour enjoying a glass of wine and a stroll through the vineyard. Expected to be on offer will be their Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc & a Rose. The train will pick you up on the return trip from Masterton.

Option 3 – Masterton
Just enjoy a full day of nostalgic steam travel. This is a rare chance to travel on the rail line north of Masterton that now only sees a handful of trains each year including freight trains and excursions trains.

Option 4 – Woodville
If you can make your own arrangements in Woodville, such as visiting friends & family, a train only fare is available to Woodville.

One Way Travel
We also have a limited number of seats available for “One way” travel to or from Masterton.