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Rail Tour

This three-night weekend special combines the Chateau Tongariro, a rail-cart experience along the Forgotten Highway and the celebration of Anzac Day at Waiouru Army Camp. 

Travel by the popular ‘Northern Explorer’ train to National Park and enjoy three nights at the Chateau. 

A day excursion to the Forgotten Highway includes a 10 tunnel rail cart journey along the decommissioned railway lines on specially-designed rail-carts. On ANZAC day we travel to the Waiouru Army Camp for a special ANZAC day service and entry to the National Army Museum before returning to the Chateau with time to relax before a three course Diggers’ Dinner. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday morning before joining the train home.

  • Chateau Tongariro
  • Northern Explorer
  • Rail Carts
  • Waiouru Army Camp

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 23 April

Auckland - Chateau

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Begin at the Strand in Auckland City or other regular stations along the main trunk line on the ‘Northern Explorer’ train to National Park and transfer to the Chateau Tongariro Hotel for a three night stay. Afternoon free before a buffet dinner.

Friday 24 April

Chateau – Taumarunui - Chateau

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After breakfast we coach to Taumarunui to embark on our petrol-driven rail cart journey along the ‘Forgotten Highway’ – camera at the ready! The guided ride through open countryside, native bush, historic tunnels and over bridges will delight. Return to the hotel before dinner.

Saturday 25 April

Chateau – Waiouru – Chateau

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After breakfast our coach will take us to Waiouru Army Camp for a special morning ANZAC Day Service. Visit the National Army Museum, enjoy other military activities followed by lunch. Later return to the Chateau to relax before a sumptuous three-course ‘Diggers Dinner.’

Sunday 26 April

Chateau – Auckland

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A morning to relax before transferring to National Park for the return rail journey home, arriving in Auckland early evening.


  •  Return travel on the ‘Northern Explorer’ train
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Transfers as specified
  • 10 Tunnel Rail-Cart Journey
  • Meals as specified
  • Three dinners at the Chateau including a special Diggers Dinner
  • Army Museum entrance fee


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
   $1,255 $1,515 

*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


  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation Insurance – please ask us for a quote

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $250 will secure a place on this tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 28 February 2020


  • Deposit non-refundable
  • All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis
  • After 28 February 2020 – no refund
  • No refund after commencement of tour

Travel Insurance

We recommend travel insurance for our clients. For a quote please contact the office. 

Health and Fitness

  • A reasonable standard of fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile. At times entering and exiting the train/rail-carts can be demanding for those with limited mobility.
  • 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