Daffodil Express

Celebrate spring and travel with Steam Incorporated from Wellington to Carterton by heritage excursion train to attend the annual Daffodil Festival.

Sunday 12 September 2021

The train will be hauled by our our steam locomotive Ja1271 and we will be using our set of vintage carriages, some with open balcony ends. 

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Eketahuna Express on Silverstream bridge

Located in the heart of the Wairarapa, Carterton’s popular Daffodil Festival offers an abundance of activities ranging from the famous Daffodil picking at Middlerun, markets along High and Holloway Streets, the Big Wai Art sale in the events Centre, Wairarapa Produce Tasting Area and loads more family fun. The market stalls will be set up in the town centre a short walk from the railway station. Free shuttle buses will run from the town centre to the daffodil fields where you can pick your own daffodils for a donation to local charities. Two buses will be available at the station on our arrival for those wanting to head straight to the Daffodil picking. Adult return fare $105, Child $60. You can also board the train at Petone, Waterloo, or Upper Hutt. For the serious rail fan there is also the option of riding the train all the way to Masterton (but missing some of the daffodil festival time) Arrives Masterton at 11.15am, expected departure from Masterton 12.25pm. All seating is reserved. Prior booking essential. Tickets will be mailed out two weeks before the trip.

Book online now (external link)  or call us on 0800 783 264.

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Daffodil Express - See photos of past runs of the Daffodil Express. This steam train runs to the annual Carterton Daffodil Festival in September.