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Ruapehu Rail Tours National Park

Duration: 3 Days

Price: From $380 NZD

Departure From: Auckland (Glenbrook) or Hamilton

Departure Date: 13 May, 10 June, 5 August, 23 September, 4 November 2022 & dates into 2023

Tour Type: Independent

Meal Plan: Selected Meals

Physical Grading: 2-3

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Discover Ruapehu with our Ruapehu Rail Tours National Park, a selection of terrific 3 day packages to the duel world heritage area, Tongariro National Park. There is something to suit all travellers. Enjoy scenic beauty, discover adventure, or immerse yourself in our shared heritage.

Your Discover Raupehu weekend away starts when our friendly staff welcome you onboard our lovingly restored carriages which have travelled these lines for over 80 years. Your journey will take you over undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most spectacular railway lines. From towering viaducts like the mighty Makatote, to the world famous Raurimu spiral, your journey takes you over some impressive engineering and through some amazing scenery.

Chateau Tongariro
The famous Chateau Tongariro

Ruapehu Rail Tours National Park. Choose from 3 enjoyable packages.

In the middle of a true wilderness wonderland, National Park Village boasts panoramic views of all three mountains, Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu. The world renowned Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park set the backdrop for a truly unique New Zealand experience. If you can’t find the package you are seeking, we can customise packages for you.


Discover Ruapehu National Park, Plateau Delight
3 days from $465 per person

Explore the world famous Tongariro crossing, explore National Park village and dine local whilst staying at the popular Plateau Lodge.

Escape to the wilderness with this multi-option package. You have the choice to explore book and explore the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with your very own guide, check out the mountain on the Sky Waka gondola and climb to 2,020m above sea level to the Knoll Ridge Chalet, home to the highest caf├® in the country. Enjoy a coffee from the upstairs deck, or grab a delicious snack or lunch and marvel at the views from the huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The Pinnacles, or bring your ski’s and hit the slopes!

Accommodation: The Plateau Lodge is set in the quaint village of National Park, you’ll stay in the double ensuite room equipped with free WiFi, heater (for the cold months!), TV, and tea and coffee. Breakfast is included and will be delivered to your room. A spa pool is also available to soak in after your trek.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to National Park and return. Two nights accommodation at the Plateau Lodge National Park. Transfers from and to National Park Railway Station. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys. Pricing is based on two people sharing.


Discover Ruapehu National Park, Chilling Out
3 days from $470 per person

Travel in style to the 1929 built heritage Chateau Tongariro. Take a break from fast paced city or town life and relax at the iconic hotel.

Relaxation, timeless elegance and majestic volcano views are waiting for you here at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel. Surprise your partner with a weekend away and unwind in the peaceful tranquillity of the Tongariro National Park.

Accommodation: For this pacakge, it is all about the hotel. Opened in 1929, the Chateau Tongariro was built to rival the grand opulence of other world class chateaus at the time. The Chateau Tongariro believes in providing its guests with a timeless elegance experience. Preserving tradition and history, as well as conservation and culture. Your rooms are well appointed and come standard with Sky TV, free WiFi, 24-hour room service and express mini-bar ordering. You will awaken to mountain views or views of the magnificent Tongariro National Park rugged landscape. You have the freedom of selecting your choice of dining.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to National Park and return. Two nights accommodation at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel. Transfers from and to National Park Railway Station. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys. Pricing is based on two people sharing.


Discover Ruapehu National Park, Mountain Fun
3 days from $380 per person

Take the train for this low cost weekend escape for your group and choose activities that suit you.

This low cost package gives you the opportunity to choose what you do to meet your budget. Perfect for groups or those that want a cheaper getaway, travel with us to National Park and stay at the National Park Backpackers. Here you have the freedom to choose what you do. Talk to our team to arrange a package that suits you; Skiing, hiking, adventuring they will be able to tailor your adventure.

Accommodation: Situated in the National Park village, the backpackers is close by local bars, restaurants and ski hire shops. The accommodation is high quality yet budget on price. Rooms are warm, clean, comfortable and private. WiFi is available and there is a small shop with basic items for sale, as well as a communal kitchen facility for your cooking needs.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to National Park and return. Two nights accommodation at the National Park Backpackers. Transfers from and to National Park Railway Station. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.


Ruapehu Rail Tours National Park – Your Train Experience

Discover the natural beauty of the North Island Main Trunk railway line onboard your very own exclusive heritage train. Pass over towering viaducts, follow mighty rivers, pass sites of historical interest, and traverse the famous Raurimu Spiral.

Discover Ruapehu Train Inclusions

  • Travel over the North Island Main Trunk line on an exclusive heritage train
  • Traverse the world famous Raurimu Spiral
  • Cross over the spectacular Waiteti, Makatote and Hapuawhenua Viaducts
  • Track our path along the Ongarue and Whakapapa river valleys
  • Pass through the Porootarao and Raurimu tunnels
  • Stunning Mountain views and spectacular scenery
  • A good variety of hot and cold drinks, as well as snack and hot meals are available for purchase onboard.
  • Toilets are available in each carriage.
  • A viewing balcony is included on these trains.
  • This heritage train is operated by the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and will be hauled by restored deisel locomotive
  • The carriages date from 1939/1940. They retain key features including the iconic flip-over seats, and have been tastefully redecorated for enhanced passenger comfort.
Discover Ruapehu Rail Tours Glenbrook Heritage Train
Your Discover Ruapehu Glenbrook Railway heritage train

For a detailed itinerary, departure details, and booking conditions, please see below. Please note packages offered and prices will vary between departures due to seasonal availability.

For alternative Discover Ruapehau 3 day packages consider these great options:

For Discover Ruapehu 3 Day Rail Tours Taumarunui click here
  • Light up the Night
  • Whanganui River Wilderness Adventure
  • Fishers Delight
For Discover Ruapehi 3 Day Rail Tours Ohakune click here
  • Freedom to Choose
  • Fauna & Flora
  • Alpine & Army
  • Old Coach Road Kings
  • Explore Like Locals
  • Ride and Relax
  • Bike and Hire

Click here for alternate North Island rail tours

Tour Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated within the itinerary
  • Return rail travel on a heritage train operated by the Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Open air viewing platform for an uninterrupted view of the countryside
  • Morning tea on the outbound train and afternoon tea on the return train.
  • All sightseeing, activites, rail travel, transfers and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • Pricing is based on Off Peak travel and should be used as a guide only
  • Packages are subject to availability
  • A non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of booking, the value changes per itinerary and will be advised at the time of enquiry
  • Full payment terms will be advised at the time of booking
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required
  • In the event that the NZ government imposes COVID-19 restrictions preventing the tour from operating, a refund of monies paid may be given, net of any outgoings or payments already made by the operator in conjunction with the operation and organisation of these tours on written application within 7 days of the scheduled date of travel.
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

 

Tour Itinerary

Plateau Delight - Day 1
Your rail adventure begins. Our friendly train-mad staff are ready to greet you onboard at your choice of boarding location. The journey south from Pukekohe takes you through the outer fringes of Auckland and into the Waikato. Our journey to Hamilton will be a mixture of rural farmland and their community centres like Te Kauwhata and Huntly. Be sure to check out the Whangamarino wetlands, the Waikato river and Huntly power station before curving our way through the Taupiri gorge. After our departure from Hamilton, we make quick stops for passengers at Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Te Kuiti marks the gateway to the real Main Trunk Line. Our train will start to climb the steep grades, keep an eye out for the 132 year old Waiteti viaduct. Entering the Porootarao tunnel signals we have reached our summit. From here, we descend to the Ongarue river valley which guides us to Taumarunui. After a quick stop we then follow the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers for half the trip to the foot of the world renowned Raurimu Spiral. This engineering masterpiece overcomes a 139 metre height difference by spiralling up the volcanic rock escarpment. Catch several glimpses of the town as we climb the various levels of the spiral while also passing through two tunnels. As we burst out of the second of the two tunnels, we have reached the top of the spiral itself. We continue climbing for a further 10 minutes until we finally reach the summit at National Park. Here you will be greeted by the mountain and your shuttle bus transferring you to your accommodation to settle in then off to your choice of local venue for dinner.
Wake up refreshed and get stuck into some breakfast. Today, embark on your pre-arranged activity. Whether it be a guided trek over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a Sky Waka gondola ride and lunch up the mountain or hitting the slopes, you are sure to be blown away with the breathtaking beauty of this special World Heritage site.
Have a sleep in then breakfast. Before your train arrives, hire an e-bike from Ski-Biz and take a cruise through the village or try out the mini-golf. Pop into the National Park Station for morning tea or lunch, before our train arrives to take you home. Once again, our friendly staff will be happy to see you again, and to assist you to settle in for the journey home. Take this time to have a little rest or share your stories with other guests onboard.
A rail adventure begins. Our friendly train-mad staff are ready to greet you onboard at your choice of boarding location. The journey south from Pukekohe takes you through the outer fringes of Auckland and into the Waikato. Our journey to Hamilton will be a mixture of rural farmland and their community centres like Te Kauwhata and Huntly. Be sure to check out the Whangamarino wetlands, the Waikato river and Huntly power station before curving our way through the Taupiri gorge. After our departure from Hamilton, we make quick stops for passengers at Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Te Kuiti marks the gateway to the real Main Trunk Line. Our train will start to climb the steep grades, keep an eye out for the 132 year old Waiteti viaduct. Entering the Porootarao tunnel signals we have reached our summit. From here, we descend to the Ongarue river valley which guides us to Taumarunui. After a quick stop we then follow the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers for half the trip to the foot of the world renowned Raurimu Spiral. This engineering masterpiece overcomes a 139 metre height difference by spiralling up the volcanic rock escarpment. Catch several glimpses of the town as we climb the various levels of the spiral while also passing through two tunnels. As we burst out of the second of the two tunnels, we have reached the top of the spiral itself. We continue climbing for a further 10 minutes until we finally reach the summit at National Park. Here you will be greeted by the mountain and your shuttle bus transferring you to the grand Chateau Tongariro Hotel where you can unpack, unwind and start chilling out! 
Draw back your curtains and take in the scenic panorama from your lavishly appointed room. When you're ready, grab some breakfast then the day is yours! Arrange for a shuttle bus to transfer you to the Sky Waka gondola up the Pinnacle Restaurant for lunch, or just a nosy round the mountain face. Head into the tussock and other flora/fauna for one of the many walks nearby the hotel or simply leave the slippers on and relax in your room all day surfacing only for a bite to eat when you fancy. Take advantage of the indoor pool and sauna or have a go on the unique and rugged 9-hole golf course, with sweeping views of the mountains. Dinner is your choice again tonight, perhaps dine in the ornate and traditional Ruapehu dining room you won't be disappointed!
There is still time left! If you missed an activity yesterday you can likely squeeze this in this morning before your shuttle bus transfers you back to the National Park railway station, just in time to catch the train home. Once again, our friendly staff will be happy to see you again, and to assist you to settle in for the journey home. Take this time to have a little rest or share your stories with other guests onboard.
Your rail adventure begins. Our friendly train-mad staff are ready to greet you onboard at your choice of boarding location. The journey south from Pukekohe takes you through the outer fringes of Auckland and into the Waikato. Our journey to Hamilton will be a mixture of rural farmland and their community centres like Te Kauwhata and Huntly. Be sure to check out the Whangamarino wetlands, the Waikato river and Huntly power station before curving our way through the Taupiri gorge. After our departure from Hamilton, we make quick stops for passengers at Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Te Kuiti marks the gateway to the real Main Trunk Line. Our train will start to climb the steep grades, keep an eye out for the 132 year old Waiteti viaduct. Entering the Porootarao tunnel signals we have reached our summit. From here, we descend to the Ongarue river valley which guides us to Taumarunui. After a quick stop we then follow the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers for half the trip to the foot of the world renowned Raurimu Spiral. This engineering masterpiece overcomes a 139 metre height difference by spiralling up the volcanic rock escarpment. Catch several glimpses of the town as we climb the various levels of the spiral while also passing through two tunnels. As we burst out of the second of the two tunnels, we have reached the top of the spiral itself. We continue climbing for a further 10 minutes until we finally reach the summit at National Park. Here you will be greeted by the mountain and your shuttle bus transferring you to the National Park Backpackers.
Today you will embark on your activity of choice.  Head out and hit the slopes, or cross a mountain, or other adventures you have tailored to suit your time away with us. In the evening, check out the local bar and restaurant in National Park and wind down with a meal and a bevvy or two.
Before heading back home, perhaps look into trying your climbing skills on the climbing wall at the backpackers, play a round of mini golf or hire an e-bike and cruise around National Park village all at your leisure and expense. A shuttle bus will take you back to the National Park station where your train will not be far away. Go early and sneak in an early lunch or snack at the station cafe even. Once again, our friendly staff will be happy to see you again, and to assist you to settle in for the journey home. Take this time to have a little rest or share your stories with other guests onboard.

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