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Daffodil Train

Daffodil Express



Sunday 10 September 2017

Departs: 8:40am Wellington

Arrives: 5:00pm Wellington - Also picks up at Petone, Waterloo and Upper Hutt.

Catch our annual Daffodil Express to Carterton's popular Daffodil Festival with its great range of activities including Daffodil picking at Middlerun, near Gladstone, Art and Crafts markets, food stalls and the Wai Art Sale at Carterton Events Centre. 

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Steam Into Spring Excursion to Waipukurau



Saturday 30 September 2017

Departs: 8:10am Paekakariki

Arrives: 8:00pm Paekakariki

Steam and diesel hauled excursion from Paekakariki to Waipukurau and return. Options of visiting the Artmoshere Gallery, Pukeroa Estate for lunch, Taniwha Daffodils, or exploring Waipukurau township. Includes steam hauled journey through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge. Heritage diesel hauled beyond Woodville. Picks up most stations. New Gold Class lounge car available. Supplement applies.

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NIMT Night Limited



Thursday 19 October 2017

Departs: 6pm Hamilton

Arrives: 5am Paekakariki (Friday 20 October)

ONE WAY, overnight express trip on the North Island main trunk from Hamilton to Paekakariki.


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Christmas Grand Circle Rail Cruise



Sunday 3 December 2017

Departs: 7:10am Paekakariki, 8:15am Levin, 9:15am Palmerston North

Arrives: 5:45pm Paekakariki, 6:50pm Levin, 7:45pm Palmerston North

Departing Paekakariki the train will circumnavigate the Tararuas in a clockwise direction via Palmerston North, the Manawatu Gorge, Wairarapa and onto Wellington via the Rimutaka Tunnel. From Wellington it is back up the west coast to Paekakariki and to Palmerston North. Ideal trip for Horowhenua and Manawatu supporters as we will drop you back to stations from Paekakariki to Palmerston North in the evening. Option of stopover at Mauriceville Country Fair or Paper Road Vineyard at Opaki for a Christmas Lunch.

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Christmas Twilight Express



Sunday 3 December 2017

Departs: 5:55pm Paraparaumu

Arrives: 10:30pm Paraparaumu

A relaxed evening out by train from Kapiti to the Manawatu and return.  Bring a food hamper and a group of friends for a pre Christmas outing.  Diesel hauled.

Book online, download the booking form or phone 0800 783 264.
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