Friends of BOIVR (The Gabriel Club)

An annual subscription entitles Members of the Friends of BOIVR to a cost-effective 50% discount on train fares! 

After about 1.5 trips this is a really great cost effective way to travel on our trains … In addition, you can ensure your subscription remains the same for 3 or 5 years, by paying for a Silver or Gold membership (multiply annual subs by years you wish to pay for).

Joining the Club is a great way to support the Railway and ensure steam engine Gabriel and her sister diesel engines keep on chugging for years to come, and the Friends of BOIVR is always happy to welcome new members.

The main purpose of membership is to help maintain our historic engines and rolling stock, track, buildings, and, importantly, our vintage engines, including our steam engine, Gabriel. These have become significant in raising the profile of Kawakawa and Northland not only in New Zealand, but also world-wide. In addition, BOIVR is dedicated to acquiring, restoring and preserving New Zealand railway memorabilia and, by joining the Gabriel Club, members help us to keep our beautiful engines and rolling stock on the rails for future generations to enjoy.

So not only can your subscription help with this work, but also you could volunteer to assist BOIVR in running the railway – for more information please click here.

Please click here to read our Friends of BOIVR Charter with member definitions.

Our quarterly Newsletters and other items of interest will be directly emailed for your interest. This includes notification about Friends of BOIVR meetings, where members are welcomed to hear first hand the latest information.

To join the Friends of BOIVR, please use contact information below.

Please note that the Club has recently changed its title from “The Gabriel Club” to “Friends of BOIVR” and we are in the process of updating all the relevant documentation and email account etc.

Please pay subscriptions using the on-line Direct Credit Bank Account: 38-9005-0166852-00. Please use your surname as reference and let us know that you have paid by using the email address.

Annual Subscriptions (financial year 1st July – 30th June):

Full (adult) over 16 years old                                                 $30.00 per year

Family  (defined as 2 adults & up to 3 children)                $50.00 per year

 Junior  (aged 5 – 16 years old)                                              $10.00 per year

Corporate                                                                                $200.00 per year  (inc 50% discount for 1 charter train, & display of 2 x A4 ads)

Gold membership – subs x 5 years at current rate

Silver membership – subs x 3 years at current rate

Members requiring hard copy Newsletters are asked to pay an extra $10 for printing and postage.

Contact information:

Post:                Friends of BOIVR,  PO Box 142, Kawakawa, 0243, New Zealand.
Phone number: 021-171-2697              Email enquiries to Anne Leitch at