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Perfect for an end of year celebration, join Steam Incorporated as they circumnavigate the Tararuas in a clockwise direction. There's also an option of either visiting the Mauriceville Country Fair or an Opaki vineyard.

The diesel-hauled train will run from Paekakariki picking up at stations to Palmerston North (Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Otaki, Levin) then travel through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge to Woodville before heading down the Wairarapa and passing through the iconic locations of Mangatainoka and Eketahuna.

Before arriving at Masterton, stops will be made at Mauriceville and Opaki to allow you to visit either the Mauriceville Country Fair or the Paper Road Vineyard at Opaki. Later, travel through the 9km long Rimutaka Tunnel on the way to Wellington before heading up the west coast back to Paekakariki and dropping off at stations to Palmerston North.

The train will be hauled by a restored Da1431 diesel locomotive and comprise a fleet of classic red “steel” cars. There will be an open air viewing platform on the train as well as a buffet counter selling sandwiches, sausages, hamburgers, drinks and snacks; and a souvenir counter for all sorts of railway memorabilia. You are welcome to bring your own food on the train too. 

For more information on excursion inclusions, please visit

Early bookings advised. 

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