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The Mangaweka Express: SOLD OUT


Sat 19 Mar 2016, 7:45am–8:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child Return ex Levin: $85.00 ea
  • Adult Return ex Palm Nth or Feilding: $109.00 ea
  • Child Return ex Palm Nth or Feilding: $69.00 ea
  • Adult Return ex Kapiti Stations: $145.00 ea
  • Child Return ex Kapiti Stations: $99.00 ea
  • Adult Return ex Levin: $129.00 ea
  • Additional fees may apply

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Travel with Steam Incorporated north from Kapiti via Palmerston North up the NIMT to the Gumboot Capital of Taihape in the heart of Rangitikei. Have a pre Easter escape by enjoying a full day of nostalgic rail travel and time to explore Taihape.

The journey includes crossing many impressive viaducts in the Mangaweka area including the South Rangitikei (300metre long & 80 metres high) and the Makohine viaducts.

The train will be hauled by our coal fired steam locomotive Ja1271. We will be using our classic steel heritage carriages. Included in the train will be a guards van with open viewing platforms.

The train has a buffet counter selling sandwiches, sausages, hamburgers, drinks and snacks plus a small souvenir shop. You are also welcome to bring your own food along. In the evening we are offering a preordered meal that will be served after departing Palmerston North on the return trip. This will be a delicious beef goulash accompanied by seasonal vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. Plus a dessert expected to be either home chocolate brownie served with passionfruit syrup or brandy snaps and mascarpone cream. Cost $25. Limited numbers.

During the journey we plan to make two stops to enable you to photograph the train in action. There will also be time for a leg stretch at Palmerston North in both directions and at Marton northbound, while the locomotive is serviced. At Taihape there will be the option of watching the locomotive being turned on the turntable in preparation for the return journey.

Most of our seats are double seats that can be “flipped” over to face the direction of travel. We have one carriage that is fitted with tables that seat 4 each. If you have a group of 4 (or multiples of) we will assign you to this carriage. Subject to availability.

At Taihape the town centre is just a short walk from the railway station. There are several cafes plus a selection of fast food outlets. Most shops in the town will be open for our visit including several specialty & gift shops. There is an information centre based in the town hall and the nearby local museum will be open.

If you want to stretch your legs there is a couple of short walks available. One is Mt Stewart reserve which has a viewing platform at the top giving lovely views. This walk takes approx. only 20 minutes to the top.

Early booking advised. You can book online via our website or facebook page, by mail using the attached form or phone 0800 783 264.

Tickets or seating info (for online bookings) will be issued in early March.