Trains are cancelled from Saturday 9th October due to Government COVID Level 3 announcement. Trains will return to the time table at Level 2

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 run Saturday & Sunday every weekend all year, and every day in school holidays – departure times below.     Please see “What’s Happening” for latest information.

Please comply with COVID Government regulations aboard the train and on our premises. Please wear face masks, observe distancing rules around BOIVR station platforms and in the shop and on trains, and sign in (QR codes on station platform and in trains).

Time of departure – on every operating day:

– From Kawakawa – 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm

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, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 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 not permitted to cross our railway bridge nor use the Cycleway 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 we have her new boiler on order, and this is due to arrive by November.  It will take several months to connect up the boiler to all the engine parts, then Gabriel must successfully pass all steam tests before being used on the track 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 loco – DSA273 which has been kindly donated to BOIVR from Fonterra.