Daffodil Express

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

Sunday 8 September 2019

The train will be hauled by our steam locomotive Ja1271, and we will be using our set of vintage carriages, some with open balcony ends. The train will include a souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia.

Daffodil express

A diesel locomotive will be attached in front of our steam locomotive for the sectors through the 9km long Rimutaka Tunnel.

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, Daffodil Express Steam Train experiences as well as loads more family fun.

The market stalls will be set up in the town centre a short walk from the railway station. Shuttle buses will run from the town centre to the daffodil fields where you can pick your own daffodils for a small fee. The cost of the bus transfer is included in your train ticket.

Adult return fare $99, Child $55. Fare includes bus transfers to daffodil fields. You can also board the train at Petone, Waterloo, and Upper Hutt. 

All seating is preassigned. Prior booking essential.  Departure times are provisional and will be confirmed closer to the date.

Wellington departure 8.20am, arriving back at 5pm.

Book this adventure now!

Book online at Bookit.co.nz (external link)  or call us on 0800 783 264.

Get the full Daffodil Express timetable, conditions of travel and manual booking form.

Download a booking form. [PDF, 617 KB]


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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.