Self-drive Trains (RailCruisers) – now for the first time you can experience rail like never before. Imagine sitting in your own RailCruiser with nothing ahead but the unobstructed curve of the rail stretching out into the distance. Travel at 20km/h through the beautiful Dansey Scenic Reserve with the scenery drifting by and the clickety clack of the rail beneath you. Stunning lake views and rolling farmland await. Listen to the audio tour and discover a unique piece of New Zealand history.
The RailCruiser V3000 is the world’s first fully automated, state of the art petrol-electric four seat self-drive hybrid rail vehicle. The RailCruiser has comfortable seats with unobstructed views, is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides and comes with onboard heating.
Mamaku Railway Station, just north of Rotorua, is the departure point for the Mamaku Express 1.5 hour RailCruising Excursion. The Railway offers gentle curves and steep climbs with beautiful lake views and native forest scenery. It carries with it the heritage of past generations who built and lived their lives on the commerce of the rail: tourist operators; loggers; haulers; millers and foresters of all sorts. The Railway was the heart of a native forestry mecca that thrived in Mamaku for many years from the turn of the century through into the 1970’s.
Railcruising – Self drive rail cars