Celebrate spring and travel with Steam Incorporated from Wellington to Carterton by heritage excursion train to attend the annual Daffodil Festival.
The train will be hauled by our steam locomotive Ja1271, and we will be using our set of vintage carriages, some with open balcony ends. The train will include a buffet counter selling drinks and snacks, and a souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia.
A diesel locomotive will be attached in front of our steam locomotive for the sectors through the 9km long Rimutaka Tunnel.
Located in the heart of the Wairarapa, Carterton's popular Daffodil Festival offers an abundance of activities ranging from the famous Daffodil picking at Middlerun, markets along High and Holloway Streets, the Big Wai Art sale in the events Centre, Daffodil Express Steam Train experiences as well as loads more family fun.
The market stalls will be set up in the town centre a short walk from the railway station. Shuttle buses will run from the town centre to the daffodil fields where you can pick your own daffodils for a small fee. The cost of the bus transfer is included in your train ticket.
Adult return fare $89, Child $55. Fare includes bus transfers to daffodil fields. You can also board the train at Petone, Waterloo, and Upper Hutt.
All seating is preassigned. Prior booking essential.
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