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Ruapehu Rail Tours Ohakune

Duration: 3 Days

Price: From $450 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 a our Ruapehu Rail Tours Ohakune, a selection of terrific 3 day packages to the Ohakune region. There is something to suit all travellers in and around Ohakune. Enjoy scenic beauty, discover adventure, find short walks, 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.

Ohakune Old Coach Road LOCO Journeys
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Ruapehu Rail Tours Ohakune. Choose from these 7 great packages.

Ohakune is a fantastic staging point if you are seeking an enjoyable weekend away, offering plenty to do. Situated at the southern end of Tongariro National Park there is something to suit everyone and it caters for both summer and winter visitors. If you can’t find the package you are seeking, we can customise packages for you.


Ohakune Freedom to Choose
3 days from $450 per person

Fancy a true alpine lodge style getaway? Journey by train to the picturesque township of Ohakune and take in the mountain and the beautiful surrounds.

The perfect escape combining a stay at the acclaimed Powderhorn Chateau, combining all the facilities of a hotel with the ambiance and appeal of an alpine lodge. This tour gives you the freedom to choose which activity you would like to do in Ohakune; head up the mountain for some action, try some local walks and dining, have a go on the Old Coach Road, or simply relax and unwind in the confines of your well appointed accommodation, its all up to you to choose!

Accommodation: The Powderhorn Chateau is the perfect combination of boutique hotel facilities and alpine lodge ambiance. The log cabin type construction, mood lighting and polished timber set the atmosphere for an alpine getaway. Free WiFi, two in-house restaurants and bars, pool tables, darts and an indoor pool provide plenty of entertainment or the option to simply unwind. The township of Ohakune is a short 15 minute walk from the chateau, nearby for you to explore local shops and eateries.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights accommodation at the Powderhorn Chateau Ohakune. Cooked breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ohakune Fauna & Flora
3 days from $675 per person

Take the train to Ohakune. Ride the Sky Waka up to Mount Ruapehu and enjoy a bush walk with a local ecologist

The perfect escape combining a stay at the acclaimed Powderhorn Chateau, combining all the facilities of a hotel with the ambiance and appeal of an alpine lodge. Spend a day on the mountain and a morning exploring local flora and fauna. This is the perfect getaway for the explorer looking for spectacular panoramic mountain views and a guided tour of local flora and fauna in very stylish accommodation.

Accommodation: The Powderhorn Chateau is the perfect combination of boutique hotel facilities and alpine lodge ambiance. The log cabin type construction, mood lighting and polished timber set the atmosphere for an alpine getaway. Free WiFi, two in-house restaurants and bars, pool tables, darts and an indoor pool provide plenty of entertainment or the option to simply unwind. The township of Ohakune is a short 15 minute walk from the chateau, nearby for you to explore local shops and eateries.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights accommodation at the Powderhorn Chateau Ohakune. Transfers to activities on Saturday.Cooked breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Sky Waka Gondola passes. Guided walk with local ecologist, Megan Younger. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ohakune Alpine & Army
3 days from $675 per person

Visit our National Military Museum at Waiouru, stay in true alpine lodge style accommodation and journey by train over the spectacular Main Trunk Line.

This package is perfect for the inner historian in you. Bring your partner, friends or even the kids for this weekend getaway. Staying under the mountain, this tour will take you to the National Army Museum in Waiouru where you will find some national treasures, proud history and a unique collection of exhibits. Visit the Tangiwai railway disaster memorial and walk the trails. Whilst staying at the acclaimed Powderhorn Chateau. We’ll even sneak in a guided tour of local flora and fauna with Megan Younger, a local ecologist.

Accommodation: The Powderhorn Chateau is the perfect combination of boutique hotel facilities and alpine lodge ambiance. The log cabin type construction, mood lighting and polished timber set the atmosphere for an alpine getaway. Free WiFi, two in-house restaurants and bars, pool tables, darts and an indoor pool provide plenty of entertainment or the option to simply unwind. The township of Ohakune is a short 15 minute walk from the chateau, nearby for you to explore local shops and eateries.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights accommodation at the Powderhorn Chateau Ohakune. Transfers to activities on Saturday.Cooked breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Admission and lunch at the National Army Museum. Guided walk with local ecologist, Megan Younger. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ohakune Old Coach Road Kings
3 days from $600 per person

Take a journey through time and bike over the Ohakune Old Coach Road, explore local river walks and keep on theme by staying at the 108 year old Kings Ohakune Lodge.

Follow the path of early railway settlers to the region. Bike the extremely popular Old Coach Road, the road link for horse drawn coaches between rail heads during the construction of the Main Trunk Line. Experience local nature with short walks by the nearby Mangawhero river and stay at the 108 years old Kings Ohakune Lodge, with an awesome dinner menu and craft beers well stocked.

Accommodation: Historic Kings sits proudly overlooking the railway line in the Junction of Ohakune, only 250 metres from the start of the Ohakune Mountain Road. Established in 1913, this grand building houses a variety of accommodation options from Queens, Queens plus single, Queen plus 2 x singles and triple rooms. There is also a 4 bedroom house available which sleeps 9. With free WiFi, two spa pools, great restaurant and well stocked bar on hand what more can one ask for?

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights’ accommodation at Kings Ohakune. Transfers from Ohakune station to Kings Ohakune. Transfers to activities on Saturday. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Packed lunch Saturday. Single course dinner Friday and Saturday. Bike hire for Old Coach Road. Free local walks. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ohakune Explore Like the Locals
3 days from $649 per person

Pack your hiking boots, this tour is about trekking through history and nature, lush native bush and the bubbling mountain streams. Ohakune links you to all that is good in life.

Keen hikers or beginners, this is for you! Get up and close with history on this guided hike on the Old Coach Road, or head to the majestic, 39 metre high Waitonga falls and Blyth hut. Explore local walkways and what the town has on offer. One thing is for sure, you will enjoy the warm country welcome from Kevin and Leigh at the Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge. As Ohakune locals, you will enjoy their extensive local knowledge as they guide you around their beautiful region.

Accommodation: Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge is a Family owned and operated, Kevin and Leigh would like to extend a warm country welcome to you. They have lived in the Ruapehu region for all their lives and have an extensive local knowledge about the mountains and the National Park. Situated a short distance from the railway station, on the south side of Tongariro National Park and Mount Ruapehu we are located at the start of the mountain road to the Turoa Ski Field, New Zealand’s largest ski field. Our perfect location also allows for a short 2-minute walk to Ohakune’s most famous restaurants assuring you an easy relaxing stay. Offering clean comfortable accommodation, we invite you to stay in our cosy self-contained motel units or enjoy our traditional alpine lodge rooms and facilities.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights accommodation at the Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge. Transfers from Ohakune station to Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge. Transfers to activities on Saturday.Guide for Old Coach Road or Blyth Hut (Waitonga waterfall) hike. Free local walks. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ohakune Ride and Relax
3 days from $585 per person

Ride the Old Coach Road and relax in style at the peaceful and well appointed Manuka Lodge

Ride or relax for the weekend at the peaceful Manuka Lodge. Come down and stay, explore the Old Coach Road and on your return relax the muscles in the outdoor spa, or just relax on the sumptuous sofas in front of the warm open fire with a good book for the day. Take advantage of Manuka Lodge’s close proximity to town, visit local shops, cafes or restaurants for dinner, or just walk and explore the hidden gems this special place called Ohakune has to offer!

Accommodation: Built in 2008 with an alpine lodge theme, the peaceful Manuka Lodge is set up for you to relax! With comfy open plan living, ensuites in every room, Wi-Fi, TV, an outdoor spa and wonderful hosts, you will be guaranteed a peaceful weekend overlooking rural Ohakune, within a short walk to the town centre and all the scrumptious eateries.

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights’ accommodation at the Manuka Lodge. Transfers from Ohakune station to Manuka Lodge. Transfers to Old Coach Road activity on Saturday. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Packed lunch Saturday. Bike hire for Old Coach Road. A complimentary glass of wine or beer your return from activities Saturday. 10% discount vouchers for selected Ohakune restaurants for dinner. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ohakune Bike and Hire
3 days from $580

Journey by train to Ohakune, ride the Old Coach Road, walk to the Waitonga Falls and relax at Two Rivers Ohakune.

With fantastic reviews, there is no doubting this is the perfect weekend getaway for you and your loved one. Set beside the clear waters of the Mangawhero river, overlooking Mt Ruapehu, here you can enjoy a leisurely ride along the Old Coach Road, an accompanied walk to Waitonga falls followed by dinner with your discount voucher, topped off with a soak in the outdoor spa with a glass of wine!

Accommodation: Two Rivers accommodation is nestled off the highway and ideally located next to the Mangawhero river with stunning mountain views. Two Rivers Ohakune features free WiFi and views of mountain in Ohakune. The accommodation features ski storage space, a drying room and a hot tub. Guests can enjoy river views. The units in the bed and breakfast are equipped with a Smart flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with an en suite bathroom fitted with a shower and heated towel rail. All units at Two Rivers Ohakune also offer a seating area. Guest rooms will provide guests with a toaster and tea and coffee making facilities. A complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates await your arrival, you will also find 10% discount vouchers for selected local restaurants too!

Tour Inclusions: Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return. Two nights’ accommodation at Two Rivers Ohakune. Transfers from Ohakune station to Two Rivers Ohakune. Transfers to activities on Saturday. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Packed lunch Saturday. Bike hire for Old Coach Road and accompanies Waitonga waterfall hike. Complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates. Outdoor spa. 10% discount vouchers for selected Ohakune restaurants for dinner. Free local walks. Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

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Ruapehu Rail Tours Ohakune – 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 to National Park click here
  • Plateau Delight
  • Mountain Fun
  • Chilling Out
For Discover Ruapehu 3 Day Rail Tours to Taumarunui click here
  • Light up the Night
  • Whanganui River Wilderness Adventure
  • Fishers Delight

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

All Packages - Day 1
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 to climb towards National Park for a brief stop to set down passengers. From here, we embark on the final 30 minute gallop across the central plateau including cross the imposing 79 metre high Makatote viaduct and passing through native bush land. We glide past the famous Smash Palace at Horopito before making our final descent over the 414 metre long Hapuawhenua viaduct and finally arrive into Ohakune. A shuttle bus will be awaiting your arrival and will take you to your accommodation.
Wake up to the crisp and clean mountain air, today is all about what you choose. But first, tuck into a full cooked breakfast and a brew then take some time to choose what activities you might like to do. The Ohakune i-SITE can help you with ideas, or simply take in the natural beauty of this lovely place and go on some local walks. Perhaps hire bike and trek around town, visit the cafes or restaurants. Book on a shuttle bus to the mountain for some fun or simply head back to your well appointed room to relax, unwind and take in a good book or three. This getaway is what you make of it, no timetables, just the things you want to do.
Time to wake up! Open the window and hear the sound of the Mangawhero river gently flowing. Another fully cooked breakfast awaits. Perhaps take this morning time to see the last sights of Ohakune before having to return to your train for the journey 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.
The mountain awaits! But first, tuck into a full cooked breakfast, then your shuttle bus will take you up the mountain to the Sky Waka gondola. Take in the breathtaking views and have a wander around. Why not try out the Pinnacles restaurant, towering high above sea level, and enjoy a fine meal looking across the Tongariro National Park. Once you are ready, head back down the mountain for your shuttle bus to take you back to Ohakune. Explore the town and local walks. Dine out at one of the local eateries or head back to your accommodation for an evening feast or soak in the indoor heated pool.
Time to wake up! Open the window and hear the sound of the Mangawhero river gently flowing by. Enjoy another fully cooked breakfast to set you up for the day before heading into nature for a guided tour by local ecologist, Megan Younger. Megan will take you into the bush and explain all you need to know about the local flora and fauna of the region and the importance of conservation to keep this special part of New Zealand so unique. Before long, it will be time to board your train. 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.
Start the day with a full cooked breakfast, then your shuttle bus will take you to Waiouru, the home of the National Army museum. This museum is home of our most unique army exhibits and national treasures. Take in the exceptional displays and learn about our army history during an unforgettable experience. There is interactive learning for the kids too! Lunch is provided at the museum before heading back to Ohakune, stopping at the nearby Tangiwai railway disaster memorial. This is a sombre place but full of beautiful monuments and information about New Zealand's worst railway disaster in history. There is even a short walk to get you up close to where the infamous bridge was where the disaster occurred. Back on the shuttle and back to Ohakune. Explore the town and local walks. Dine out at one of the local eateries or head back to your accommodation for an evening feast or soak in the indoor heated pool.
Time to wake up! Open the window and hear the sound of the Mangawhero river gently flowing. Another fully cooked breakfast to set you up for the day before heading into nature for a guided tour by local ecologist, Megan Younger. Megan will take you into the bush and explain all you need to know about the local flora and fauna of the region and the importance of conservation to keep this special part of New Zealand so unique. Before long, it will be time to board your train. 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.
Today starts with breakfast, followed by a shuttle to the bike shop to pick up your bike, then itÔÇÖs off to the start of the Old Coach Road to begin your adventure back in time. This road was built in the early 1900s to form a link between the two railheads of the North Island Main Trunk line. The road passes through farmland, into native bush over the magnificent original Hapuawhenua viaduct down to the Mangawhero stream and into Ohakune. Here you can admire the hardships the early railway settlers endured building this vital rail link between Auckland and Wellington, amongst the wilderness of the Central Plateau. We recommend stopping to have lunch at the original Hapuawhenua viaduct, marvelling at the scenery and views on offer. Back to the Kings Ohakune for a hot soak in the spa then dinner and off to the bar to try some more of those delicious craft beers or a glass of wine perhaps?
Roll back the curtains and take in the mountain views! After breakfast, you have free time to explore. Take a 15 minute stroll into town and visit the local shops or head up to the Mangawhero stream and trek a couple of the short, easy walks in the Mangawhero forest. Or just stop in at the station caf├® for morning tea before your train whisks you away home.
Gear up and get ready to start your guided hike on the Old Coach Road and begin your adventure back in time. This road was built in the early 1900s to form a link between the two railheads of the North Island Main Trunk line. The road passes through farmland, into native bush over the magnificent original Hapuawhenua viaduct down to the Mangawhero stream and into Ohakune. Here you can admire the hardships the early railway settlers endured building this vital rail link between Auckland and Wellington, amongst the wilderness of the Central Plateau. Or perhaps try out the Waitonga falls and Blyth hut trail instead, learning about local history and about the local flora and fauna from your host. Waitonga is Tongariro National Park's highest waterfall, the 39 metre Waitonga Falls, is reached via a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka (mountain cedar) forest. On clear calm days there are fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding countryside. You can see reflections of the mountain in the Rotokawa pools, part of an alpine wetland area. Back to the lodge to get changed for the short 15 minute stroll into Ohakune town for dinner or drinks at one of the local establishments. On your return to your accommodation, perhaps unwind in the spa before some rest.
Roll back the curtains and get ready to head out. Head into town for breakfast and explore the local shops, get a picture under the Ohakune Carrot and try out some of the local town walkways or head up to the Mangawhero stream and trek a couple of the short, easy walks in the Mangawhero forest. Or just stop in at the station cafe for morning tea before your train whisks you away home.
Today starts with breakfast, transfer to where the biking adventure begins the Old Coach Road! This road was built in the early 1900s to form a link between the two railheads of the North Island Main Trunk line. The road passes through farmland, into native bush over the magnificent original Hapuawhenua viaduct down to the Mangawhero stream and into Ohakune. Here you can admire the hardships the early railway settlers endured building this vital rail link between Auckland and Wellington, amongst the wilderness of the Central Plateau. We recommend stopping to have lunch at the original Hapuawhenua viaduct, marvelling at the scenery and views on offer. All that peddling not for you? Perhaps a leisurely day around town on the push bike, checking out the cafes and shops. Maybe hit the sumptuous sofas back at Manuka Lodge with a good book before enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or beer overlooking the rural outlook in this peaceful place.
Time to wake up! Open the window and take in the fresh mountain airÔǪ Breakfast is waiting to set you up for the day. Time is yours this morning, check out local walkways or get a photo by the famous Ohakune Carrot. Perhaps head up to the railway station early for a coffee in the station caf├® or try out one of the short Mangawhero river walks nearby. Either way, enjoy the last remaining hours before our train whisks into the platform to welcome you onboard for the journey home. And of course, 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.
Pull back the curtains and take in the beautiful views. Time for breakfast then gear up for your transfer to the Old Coach Road trails and begin your adventure back in time. This road was built in the early 1900s to form a link between the two railheads of the North Island Main Trunk line. The road passes through farmland, into native bush over the magnificent original Hapuawhenua viaduct down to the Mangawhero stream and into Ohakune. Stop along the way and feast on your packed lunch amongst the wilderness. Back at Ohakune, you have the option of an accompanied walk to Waitonga falls. Waitonga falls is Tongariro National Park's highest waterfall. The 39 metre waterfall, is reached via a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka (mountain cedar) forest. On clear calm days there are fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding countryside. You can see reflections of the mountain in the Rotokawa pools, part of an alpine wetland area. Race back to your unit for a relaxing spa before heading into town for dinner and a bevvy of two!!
Time to sadly pack your bags, but not before breakfast! Head into town for breakfast and explore the local shops, get a picture under the Ohakune Carrot and try out some of the local town walkways or head up to the Mangawhero stream and trek a couple of the short, easy walks in the Mangawhero forest. Or just stop in at the station caf├® for morning tea before your train whisks you away home.

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