How to Help



We are starting a new program to welcome those Gisborne based folks that want to help out on the various tasks to do with maintaining and running the train.

If you would like more information please visit us at the Engine Shed, Corner of Customhouse Street and Awapuni Road.

Saturday mornings 9am – 12pm or Thursday mornings 9am – 12pm. Or use the Contacts to contact us...

Donations and Sponsorship

We are always looking for donations and sponsors no matter how small in order to keep our Wa165 running.

Thank you to our Sponsors

There are many people and organisations around Gisborne and New Zealand we would like to take the time to sincerely thank for their contributions over the years we have been restoring our Wa165 . These contributions however big or small have been genuinely appreciated and have assisted us to where we are today. As you all can appreciate we could not list everyone here on our website but the committee would like to mention a few:

  • Clark Trust
  • James Bowman
  • Stokes Family
  • Williams Trusts
  • Robin & Nigel Moore
  • Department of Tourism 1988 (NZ Government Grant)
Eastern & Central Community Trust
First Light Foundation
Lion Foundation
Baty Air Conditioning
Carpet Court Gisborne
CLEANcare Supplies
Colvins Communications
Cranswick Enterprises
C. R. Taylor Ltd
CSL Security
Design Arts
Eastland Asphalts (Gis) Ltd
Eastland Network
Eastland Port
Chartered Accountants
Gisborne Net
Hikurangi Forest Farms
Kevin Hollis Glass
M. E. Jukes & Son Ltd
Mobile Concrete Ltd
NZ General Surgery
Paint Zone
  • Sovereign
Supply Services - Tauranga
Terry Taylor Drainage Ltd
TradeZone Gisborne
WebFoot Publications Ltd & E-C Technologies Ltd

Thanks to the existing product and service sponsors. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring any of our activities or our unique promotions which are set out below:

  • A double seat in a carriage (which will be especially named after you) = $200 donation
  • A table with four seats in a carriage (which will be especially named after you) = $500 donation





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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