FOR TICKET PRICES – see “VISITOR INFO” – “Ticket Prices”.  For safety reasons, we are not allowed to carry unaccompanied children on our trains.

BOIVR operating days:  trains are running as follows this weekend 25th – 27th November: Friday – 10.45am & 12.30pm only (2.30pm not running);                    Sat & Sun – 10.45am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm.

Please see “What’s Happening” for latest information about the days we are operating. 

Time of departure from Kawakawa – on operating days: 

as notified above 

Return trip takes about 50 minutes.

It is advisable to arrive at the station about 10-15 minutes prior to departure to give time to purchase tickets.


Departures from Taumarere 11.15am, (1.05pm, 3pm)

* Special train trips (those outside the operational day/times above) can be run by arrangement.

To book:   phone  021-171-2697 ,  or email:

See “What’s Happening” for the current situation:

Long Bridge  – cyclists and walkers are not permitted to cross this railway bridge nor use the trackbed between Taumarere to Lone Cow station (this being the half way point between Kawakawa and Opau). However you may use our picnic tables at Taumarere Railway station.

Engines to be seen

Gabriel the Steam Engine has run out of Puff and we can no longer use her old boiler. Happily her new boiler has now arrived, but it will take several months to connect up the boiler to all the engine parts, then Gabriel must successfully pass all steam and pressure tests before being used on the track to haul passenger trains again.

Our vintage diesel engines are taking turns to haul carriages. You may see Timmy, Ruby, Charlie, DSA225, Esmae and our newest addition – Kauri. But which one will be on duty?!

Kauri is our new red loco – DSA273 – which has been kindly donated to BOIVR from Fonterra.