Heartland Flyer

An easy day rail journey via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge to Woodville.

Sunday 24 March 2019

The train will be hauled by one of our coal fired steam locomotives and we will be using our fleet of classic red heritage carriages.

Passenger stops will be Paekakariki, Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Otaki, Levin, Shannon and Palmerston North.  

The train will include a buffet car selling hot food, drinks and snacks, and our souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia.

Enroute to Woodville we will be making a special stop at Shannon for you to explore some of the special shops including Legacy Antiques, Shannanagins (small mall with boutique shops), Suzy Q's Oosh and For Frocks Sake, Box of Birds and more. Take a walk back in time in historic Shannon Railway Station Museum and Visitor Centre.  The shopping area is directly over the road from the station.  Also plenty of options for a coffee.  The Station Museum will be open.

While travelling through the Manawatu Gorge you will be able to view the large slips that have closed the highway on the opposite side of the river.

There will be a one hour stopover at Woodville while the loco is turned and serviced.  You will be able to watch it running around a special “balloon loop” to turn.  At Woodville there will be a range of food and craft stalls set up at the station showcasing local produce and crafts.  Included will be the local Rotary group offering a range of hot snacks.

An easy way to inspect the gorge.

Book this adventure now!

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

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

Download a booking form and timetable. [PDF, 338 KB]


Related information


Heartland Flyer - See photos of past runs of the Heartland Flyer. A popular steam train ride travelling via the Manawatu Gorge.