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:

We run trains every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and every day in the School Holidays.

All trains are scheduled to depart from Kawakawa at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm for a 1½ hour return trip. There is no need to book.

Our timetable includes a cycle-train as a temporary link to join the Twin Coast Cycleway (Pou Herenga Tai) between Taumarere and Te Akeake. This is a koha gold coin ‘Cycle-Train’ service (until 31 Ocotber 2023).  (It is suggested that cyclists check Cycle Trail information for the latest news on the trail condition following the recent weather events) 

For a longer trip, trains depart from Kawakawa at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm.  They stop at Taumarere Station (to pick up bikers/walkers) and finish at Te Akeake located at the halfway point between Kawakawa to Opua. The returning train will also stop at Taumarere before completing the trip at Kawakawa. It will take about 1½ hours for the full return trip to Kawakawa. 

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

Times of departure – on operating days: 

Outward journey – leaving Kawakawa:

Kawakawa Departs Taumarere Arrives Taumarare Departs Te Akeake Arrives
10.00 am 10.15am 10.25am 10.40am
12 noon 12.15pm 12.25pm 12.40pm
  2.00pm   2.15pm   2.25pm   2.40pm


Inward journey – returning to Kawakawa:

Te Akeake Departs Taumarere Arrives
10.50 am 11.05am
12.50 pm   1.05pm  
  2.50pm   3.05pm  

The Return trip takes about hour 30 minutes.

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

To book: phone either 09-404-0684  or email:

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

Long Bridge  – for their safety, cyclists and walkers are not permitted to cross this railway bridge nor use the trackbed between Taumarere to Te Akeake as the embankments are narrow and steep, so there is no room to escape from the path of a train. However you may use our picnic tables at Taumarere Railway station.

Engines to be seen

Gabriel the Steam Engine – is scheduled to run the last Sunday of each month, and also available for special charters, weekends or holidays as Special Train Day trips – see advertisements which will be posted for these occasions.

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.