Travel with Steam Incorporated on this special pre-Christmas excursion for an easy and relaxing outing; perfect for an end of year celebration. We will circumnavigate the Tararuas in a clockwise direction. Plus you have an option of either visiting the Mauriceville Country Fair or having a buffet lunch at an Opaki restaurant.
The train comprising our classic red carriages will be hauled by two of our restored heritage diesel locomotives. There will be open-air viewing platforms on the train. Also included is a buffet counter selling sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks. You are welcome to bring your own food on the train.
The diesel train will run from Paekakariki picking up at stations to Palmerston North (Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Otaki, Levin) then travel through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge to Woodville before heading down the Wairarapa passing through the iconic locations of Mangatainoka and Eketahuna.
Before arriving at Masterton stops will be made at Mauriceville (should you opt to visit the Mauriceville Country Fair) and then at Opaki. You can remain on the train while our crews have their break or opt to have a buffet meal at the nearby Wingate Lane Restaurant.
Later we travel through the 9-kilometre long Rimutaka Tunnel on the way to Wellington before heading up the west coast back to Paekakariki and dropping off at stations to Palmerston North.
The Mauriceville Fair is held at the Clarke Memorial Domain. This is probably Wairarapa's most scenic reserve. Essentially a country fair, attractions include live musical performers, vintage cars and vintage machinery, Clydesdale horse and carriage rides, helicopter rides, children's magician, quick fire raffles and the usual huge variety of stalls selling crafts, food, and other country goodies. A bus will meet the train to transfer you a short distance to the fair.
Mauriceville Country Fair:
Child no charge
Includes bus transfers from the train to the fair and from the fair to Masterton to meet up with the train.
Wingate Lane Restaurant, Opaki:
Buffet Meal Option - Cost $45 (Limited Numbers)
The expected buffet menu is two chef-served meats and hot sides, cake, and a tea/coffee station.
Later in the afternoon we will serve you a slice of delicious fruit Cheese Cake at your seat.
Early bookings advised!
Several other stops will be made during the day for photo opportunities and a leg stretch.