Not many people are lucky enough to have ridden in the cab of a locomotive but it’s this kind of unique experience that inspired RailCruising.


You can experience rail like never before. Imagine sitting in your own rail car, called a RailCruiser, with nothing ahead of you but the unobstructed curve of the rail stretching out into the distance, the scenery drifting by and the clickety-clack of the rail beneath you.

What is RailCruising?

RailCruising allows people just like you the ability to travel along railway lines in your own powered self-drive, 4-seat railway vehicle called the RailCruiser.

How does it work?

Groups of RailCruisers spaced well apart, travel 10km together in one direction from Mamaku Railway Station to Tarukenga Railway Station.

At Tarukenga the Rail Cruisers are then turned and head back to Mamaku.

Cruising along at 20km/hr, you can listen to the audio tour and discover a unique piece of New Zealand railway history.

This is the ultimate way to experience a railway.

The RailCruiser is a state of the art petrol-electric four seat self-drive hybrid rail vehicle.

The RailCruiser has comfortable seats with unobstructed views, is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides and comes with on board heating.

Our RailCruisers are comfortable; covered, fitted with comfortable seating and blankets on board for cooler days.

Our RailCruisers travel at 20km/hr and boast 360 degree views so you won’t miss a thing.

Overlooking the lake our railway offers beautiful scenery and broad vistas extending as far as Mount Tarawera.

This is an extraordinary experience totally unique to New Zealand; you can’t do this anywhere else in the world! You don’t want to miss out on this incredible experience so book your seat today!

You can explore our trip here and read what our past guests say about their RailCruising experience.