The Gisborne City Vintage Railway Inc AGM will be held on Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 7.30pm in the Engine Shed. Everybody welcome, including non-members and visitors. Access from Awapuni Road.
Where can a steam train get up close and personal with a Q300 aircraft?
It can only happen at Gisborne Airport!
Air New Zealand flight NZ8161 (just arrived from Auckland) waiting for Wa165 to finish crossing the runway on 26 April 2021.
Our Supporters.
Thanks to Robin & Nigel Moore for their donation of equipment for use at Muriwai.

Home of Wa165

Welcome to the world of our Wa165 Steam Locomotive. Its home is in Gisborne, the sunny corner of the North Island where we are first to see the sun of the new day in New Zealand.

Wa165 is the only remaining Wa class steam locomotive. It was built in the Hillside workshops in Dunedin (New Zealand) in 1897.

Our Wa165 was the ideal locomotive for the heavily graded (climbing/descending) railway line between Gisborne and Motuhora where it spent most of its working life.

Our Excursions

We are now carrying out our Winter maintenance programme, getting Wa165 ready for the 2021/2022 excursions. These will start at Labour Weekend (Saturday 23rd October 2021). Go to Bookings for full details.

We are only able to operate excursions to Muriwai when Gisborne is at Covid Level 1. If you book an excursion which has to be cancelled due to Gisborne being at a different Covid level, you will have the choice of receiving a FULL refund or transferring your booking to a different excursion.

Our excursions currently run between Gisborne and Muriwai. One of our carriages was built in 1936 and has been restored to original condition, complete with the roll-over seating to change the direction of travel. All of the other carriages are fully air conditioned to keep you cool.

The journey encompasses some unique features such as crossing the main Gisborne airport runway (the only train in the Southern Hemisphere to do so, so watch out for aircraft) and also crossing the Waipaoa river bridge (the longest river bridge in the North Island). Also the excursion gives you a unique showcase of the stunning seascape of Poverty Bay with Young Nick's Head in the background, as well as our world famous fertile agriculture landscape.

For the latest information on our excursions, see our booking page or tour calendar.

Special Charters

Wa165 is also available for special charters such as the Chardonnay Express. Read a review of the 2019 Chardonnay Express - A Gisborne Wine Festival Event

Unfortunately, the 2020 Chardonnay Express was cancelled due to the Covid Level 4 & 3 lockdowns. However, the 2021 Chardonnay Express trip to Muriwai was rated as a great success.

For more details on special charters, please contact us.

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Feel free to browse through our website for information on Wa165’s History; Restoration; Proposed Projects; Unique merchandise and extensive photo gallery.







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