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Weka Pass Railway

113 Glenmark Drive, Waipara, New Zealand
+64 800 935 272
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Only 50 min from central Christchurch, the Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives out of Waipara, North Canterbury. Take a train ride on one of the public operating days on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, most Sundays in January and most public holidays. Perfect for a break on a trip to Hanmer Springs, Kaikora or while visiting the Waipara wine region. Trains will usually be hauled by 1909 built "A" Class "Pacific" steam locomotive number 428. During exceptional fire risk in summer months, "A428" may be replaced with a vintage diesel locomotive. For the latest details on operating days please visit the Weka Pass Railway website.
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23 Jul 2017
“Good day out”
6 Jul 2016
“Why did we wait so long before trying this amazing outing?”
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
113 Glenmark Drive, Waipara, New Zealand
+64 800 935 272
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Probably slanted towards families with younger kids but no reason for others not to attend. Good value for money. Being able to do the easy walk to the shops for an eat and drink while they turn the locomotive around is a bonus. Probably waving...More

Thank eater2016
Reviewed 7 July 2016

My wife and I decided last Sunday to take our 4.5 yr old grandson (who is an avid Thomas the Tank Engine fan) on this outing. We had passed the restored railway site many times over the past 35 years but never ventured on a...More

Thank elgoa
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this family outing with our young family and grandparents. Everyone enjoyed the trip. The steam train and all the different carriages are neat to see as well the beautiful scenery. Staff are amazing too. Best family day out

Thank emmarV1222JC
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We included this activity in a long family reunion weekend. Everyone enjoyed it . . . teenagers and retirees alike.

Thank Hetta M
Reviewed 5 October 2015

Great family fun day day out. You can pack a picnic lunch or you can purchase something at the eating places at the other end. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed it and not too expensive or we had vouchers which you can find in the Tots...More

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Well woth a visit on this short steam journey check out when it is running as it has a limited season.

Thank Conway10
Reviewed 20 April 2015

The kids eyes light up as they hear the conductor cry "all aboard". We all become kids again on the Weka Pass Railroad. The clickety clack, great scenery and friendly crew all make for an enjoyable journey. Bring your camera!

Thank Mary Ellen W
Reviewed 28 December 2014

Four of us went for the ride and it was quite enjoyable although I think people with small children will enjoy it more. The train ride is about 20 minutes, then a stop for about 45 minutes and back again. Some way into the journey...More

Thank Judith69
Reviewed 23 November 2014

In the area on vacation and came up for a trip from Christchurch. The trip was very nice and not very expensive as far as train trips go. They use round table to turn the train around at the Weka end and that was neat...More

Thank Barkeep5us
Reviewed 17 October 2014

A really great experience, especially in winter. Good service, Panders to the tourists. A1 scenery. Very good commentary and no effort spared. We are local residents.

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