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Art Deco Festival by Rail

Exclusive new tour

This new and exclusive five-day tour will travel to the Art Deco Festival in Napier by rail – a wonderful way to arrive in sunny Hawkes Bay.

 Become absorbed in the Napier story from the devastating earthquake of 1931 and how the city rebuilt itself to become the Art Deco capital of New Zealand.

 Shows, music, dance, vintage car parades, fashion, dining experiences, picnics, walks and so much more await….or simply soak up the atmosphere.

 Sit back and relax as you travel by train through Waikato farmland, the hills of the King Country and the ascent of the famous Raurimu Spiral to the Central Plateau and Palmerston North, before travelling east to Napier. 

Accommodation is in a central Napier hotel where all guest rooms have their own private facilities and all breakfasts are included.

Morning, afternoon teas and lunches on the train are included.

Our tour escort and hosts ensure your five day tour is relaxing, fun and memorable.

 This tour is sure to sell quickly. Contact us now to register your interest.

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 20 February

Auckland – Palmerston North

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Board the ‘Northern Explorer’ train in Auckland or at any other regular station on the main trunk line for the daylight adventure through rolling hills to Hamilton, Otorohanga and Taumarunui.
Among today’s highlights are the circular climb up the famous engineering feat – the Raurimu Spiral to the Central Plateau and Tongariro National Park with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu. Continue on to Ohakune, Waiouru and alongside the Rangitikei River to Palmerston North. Enjoy a welcome dinner at our centrally located hotel.

Friday 21 February

Palmerston North - Napier

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After breakfast, we board our vintage train from Palmerston North through the picturesque Manawatu Gorge and southern Hawkes Bay countryside to Art Deco Napier for a three-night stay.

Saturday 22 February


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A day to soak up the 1930s atmosphere in the heart of the city.

With more than 250 events including entertainment, outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashion shows, multiple dining experiences and even Gatsby picnics.
A special emphasis on costumes and music brings the city to life and numerous overseas and local artists will entertain as you wander at your leisure.

A possible highlight is the Great Gadsby Party at the Mission Estate for an evening to remember.

Sunday 23 February


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Another day to enjoy the many activities, especially those missed on the previous day.
Maybe attend the Gatsby Picnic, church services, join the many walking tours, attend Sunday markets or simply soak it all up.

Monday 24 February

Napier – Auckland

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After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home to Auckland or other major destinations.


  • Northern Explorer train Auckland – Palmerston North
  • Travel on an exclusive chartered vintage train
  • Return flight from Napier
  • Four nights hotel accommodation (see details)
  • Cooked breakfasts daily
  • Two lunches and three dinners
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board the train
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Most luggage handling on tour
  • Gratuities
  • Rail staff and Tour Escorts


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $1,995 $2,435  Sold Out

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


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  • Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will secure a place on the tour.
  • FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 10 January 2020
  • Bookings made after 10 January 2020 will require full payment.


  • Deposit – non-refundable.
  • After 10 January 2020 – no refund.
  • All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs.
Please ask us for a quote.

General Information


  • A relaxing rail journey the length of the main trunk line
  • The scenery of the Manawatu Gorge and Central Hawkes Bay
  • Art Deco Napier


Accommodation – 4 Star

We have reserved ocean view waterfront rooms in a very central location.

Please note all en-suites include a shower over a bath. There are NO walk-in showers available.

Health and Fitness

At times, entering and exiting the train can be very demanding for those with limited mobility.

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required with the ability to walk 400m unaided. Mobility frames are not practical or permitted.

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change