Covid Update:

After reviewing our Covid-19 Management plans and with Government guidance, our Committee and Operations teams have made a "Clear to Proceed with Caution" decision to resume operations under Covid Level 2.

We are not taking our responsibilities lightly, so we have made a few changes to our operation.

Under Covid Level 2 conditions:

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

* 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 if you have an Exemption Card or else require you to wear a Face Covering.)

* Everyone must scan or sign in. Large groups can provide a list of all their passengers with full names and contact telephone numbers. Q codes 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).

* 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.

Tickets will be sold and issued from the Gisborne I-Site as usual. Any unsold tickets will be available for sale at the Station Platform 30 minutes prior to departure.
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

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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