Spend Mother's Day with the family on a steam train to the Manawatu!

Sunday 7th May 2023 

Travel with Steam Incorporated north from Kapiti via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge to Woodville for an easy day out. The train will be hauled by one of our steam locomotives and we will be using our fleet of classic red heritage carriages including our Buffet Car. Passenger stops will be all stations between Paekakariki and Palmerston North.

Photo: D L A Turner

We cruise through the Kapiti and Horowhenua districts. Take in the sights of the huge roading and infrastructure projects on show in the region as our famous red train snakes its way through the lucious green pastures. We take half an hour in the boutique town of Shannon, for our team to service the steam engine for the journey north.

After passing through Palmerston North, we take a sharp right hand curve and venture down into the Manawatu Gorge. Rail is the only way through here now, and you get a unique perspective of the monumental slips that closed the Gorge to road traffic a few years ago. At Woodville, sample the delights of the restored 1960s era station whilst our train is prepared for the run back to Wellington. Meridian’s Te Apiti wind farm can be seen from the station, occupying 1,150ha of land, with enough sustainable renewable energy to power 45,000 kiwi homes. Upon the train’s departure, sit back as the sun sets as our locomotive sprints home, grab a bite or a drink from our buffet car and listen to the exhaust beat of a by-gone era.

Departs Paekakariki 9:05am.  Due back at 5:40pm.

Ex Kapiti Adult train fare $130 return.  Child $70.

Book online here or call us on 0800 783 264.

Download a booking form and timetable.

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