Welcome to the Home of WA165


Welcome to the world of Wa165 - our Steam Locomotive. Wa165 lives in Gisborne Te Tairāwhiti, 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.

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.

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See trip dates and where to purchase tickets

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Read about the story of Wa165. When she was built, rebuilt and where she operates now.

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Operations Under the Covid "Traffic Light" system:

Under Covid "Red Light" & "Orange Light" conditions:

* Everyone over 12 years old must wear a face mask when at the station and on board our train.
(Some people are of course exempt from wearing a face covering, so please be courteous to them. But also please do not be offended if we ask to see your Exemption Card or else require you to wear a Face Covering.)

* Everyone must scan one of our QR posters or sign-in. Large groups can provide a list of all their passengers with full names and contact telephone numbers.
QR posters will be available on the platform and as you enter each carriage.

* 2m Social Distancing will take place in all areas of our operation (where practicable).

Additionally under Covid "Red Light" conditions:

* We may have to limit passenger numbers to allow for social distancing.

* If you have a ticket but feel ill on the day of your excursion, please do not come on board. GCVR will change the ticket for another date.

Our Excursions

Our 2021/2022 excursions to Muriwai are operating now. Go to the Bookings Page for full details.

We will endeavour to use the scheduled locomotive on a particular excursion, but there may be times when for operational reasons we have to change to the other locomotive without any notice. Our two locomotives are the 1897 built steam engine Wa165 and our 1967 built Diesel-Electric Locomotive DSC2759. The locomotive scheduled to be used on a particular excursion is listed on our Bookings Page

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 world to cross the main runway of a fully operational airport, so watch out for aircraft) and also crossing the Waipaoa river bridge (the longest river bridge in the North Island). The excursion also 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.

Our Supporters.

Thanks again to Cranswick Enterprises for their continuing support.

Also a big thank you to both Rus Holland of Webfoot and Gray Clapham of Design Arts (both based here in Gisborne) for their work in revamping this website.

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

For more details on special charters, please contact us.

Membership Sign Up

Sign up to be a Member of our Society and receive our newsletter with the latest and greatest news about what is happening with our train and upcoming rides. $20 per annum or $30 per family and receive the newsletter free.

Travel Under The COVID Traffic Light System

GCVR require all passengers (aged 12 years and 3 months or older) to show their valid "My Vaccine Pass" prior to boarding the train.


Tickets can be purchased from the i-Site Gisborne Information Centre in Grey Street. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale at the Gisborne Railway Station 30 minutes before departure.

Boarding the Train

The train leaves from the Gisborne Railway Station. Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time shown.

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