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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 train which was built in Hillside workshops in 1897 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Our Wa165 was the ideal locomotive for the heavily graded railway line between Gisborne and Motuhora where it spent most of its working life.
Now Wa165 is retired but comes out for special steam trips and excursions for you and your families out in the sun. What makes our steam trips so special is the travel across the airport (the only one in the southern hemisphere).
Come and join us for a relaxing steam ride trip over the summer season between Christmas and into the New Year. Its a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon during the busy holiday period. The trip runs between Gisborne and Muriwai and all but one of our carriages are fully air conditioned for your cool comfort. Remember the trip encompasses some unique features such as crossing the main Gisborne airport runway (the only train ride in the Southern Hemisphere to do so) and across the Waipaoa river bridge. 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.
See our booking page or tour calendar for our next special Wa165 Steam trip.
Also feel free to browse through our website for information on Wa165’s History; Restoration; Proposed Projects; Unique merchandise and extensive photo gallery.