Come and join us on a journey
and experience the story of Matariki.

With input from Local iwi Tura Ngati Te Ngakau – Ngati Whakaue ki Ngongotaha, we have created an amazing commentary exclusively about the story of Matariki during this time for two special journeys over Matariki weekend.   The story is told over 30 minutes and played through speaker systems that are built in to our rail cruisers.  Guests will have the opportunity to hear the story of Matariki in English and Te Reo. 
Day and Night trips will be available  for you to experience Matariki this year. Guests on all trips will be greeted by our friendly rail guide team who will invite guests in, play a safety briefing video followed by loading guests into the railcars and sending them off on their trip. 
 We are proud to be a local company working with local iwi to make this possible. We are proud of our country and the stories of our people and are excited to bring this to life.

Matariki Daytime Discovery

This tour will depart from Ngongotaha and ascend up the track towards Mamaku, stopping at Tarukenga, before continuing on to Mamaku Station 10km away.  Arriving at Mamaku Station, guests will be greeted and invited inside our vintage log cabin to look at a display of information about Matariki. After a hot drink and biscuit, guests
will return to their rail car and continue their trip back down to Ngongotaha Station. At Mamaku Station there will be free hot drinks and biscuits provided.
Trip times
10am, 12.30am, 3pm Departs from Ngongotaha Railway Station, Ngongotaha Village.

Duration of trip
2.15 hours

$95 per adult
$45 per child
$250 family 2 adults and up to 3 children (family trip works out to be $50 per person)
$75 per senior
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See the Stars: Matariki After Dark Tour

These nighttime tours are a one off special to celebrate Matariki. Guests will either board the rail cars at Ngongotaha Station or Mamaku Railway Station. Guests will journey to Tarukenga station and be greeted by the local iwi and given personal accounts of history regarding Matariki from the local iwi perspectives. Guests will then be loaded back into rail cars and continue on to Mamaku or Ngongotaha Station.

Guests either starting or ending at Mamaku station will be treated to a stunning visual aesthetic powered by our vintage log cabin station dressed in thousands of fairy lights.  Guests are invited inside to warm up with hot drinks and biscuits and view the Matariki visual boards displayed throughout the station before being transported by vans (10mins) back to the station where they commenced their trip.
Departure times & locations
Friday 28 th June – Sunday 30 th June 
Ngongotaha Village: 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm 
Mamaku Village: 7 pm, 9 pm


$120 per adult
$45 per child
$275 Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (family trip works out to be $55 per person)
$95 per senior