Travel with Steam Incorporated north from Kapiti via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge for a big day out to the Central Hawkes Bay Region. This is a rare chance to travel on the rail line east of Woodville which opened 130 years ago.
The route includes travelling over several viaducts with the highlight being the renowned curved Ormondville Viaduct. We also pass through the restored Ormondville Station Precinct. The first part of the Ormondville Station building was opened in 1880.
The train will be hauled by one of our restored diesel locomotives. Included is an open air viewing platform and a buffet counter selling burgers, sausages, sandwiches, drinks and snacks, and a souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia. You are welcome to bring your own food onboard.
At Waipukurau the following options are available:
Option 1 – Artmosphere Gallery & Sculpture Garden. Work from 85 artists on display. Includes Helmut Hirler, Gary Waldrom, Bodhi Vincent, Margaret Hill, Simon Jacquat and Stewart Brodie. Transfers from train included. Adult $6. Child no charge.
Option 2 – Pukeora Estate & Vineyard for Lunch Lunch at Pukeora with stunning rural views provide a backdrop looking out over the vineyard, down the river and across the plains to the mountains beyond. Menu includes Creamy Chicken Pie with Salad, Pork & Apple Pot Pie with Salad (GF), Beef Stroganoff Pie with salad, Spanakopita -Spinach & Feta Parcel with Salad (Vege). Pukeora Estate wines available to purchase.
Bus transfers from railway station included. $30.
Option 3 – Lunch at Woburn Homestead
“Woburn Homestead welcomes you for a special lunch, and invites you to warm yourselves by the fire with a free glass of wine while we prepare a hearty winter feast, where everything is made from scratch, with locally sourced produce and fresh veg, fruits and herbs from our gardens.
Fresh from the oven artesan herb bread.
Succulent roasted chicken lightly spiced with Moroccan baharat seasoning, Woburn’s’ adored pork belly, with toasted fennel seeds (and crackling to die for), A medley of seasonal roasted vegetables to tempt you, a Velvety creamy mash, Sautéed greens in butter. Home made proper gravy.
And as it’s a bit cooler during that time of year... perhaps a decadent wee slice of dark chocolate brownie... still warm from the oven served with a lavish dollop of liqueur cream to finish?”
Bus transfers provided. $39
Option 4 – Waipukurau Own Arrangements
Just enjoy a full day of nostalgic rail travel. Nearly two hours at Waipukurau for you to stretch your legs and explore the township which is adjacent to the railway station.
All seating is preassigned.