The Raurimu Spiral train journey

Experience the beauty of the Raurimu Spiral by rail!

Over 100 years of engineering!

Commencing on 22nd July 2020, we are proud to announce the inaugural Raurimu Spiral trip running on Wednesdays. All proceeds from the journey go to local charities. A ticket gives you the opportunity to experience the Raurimu Spiral, an engineering feat that will see you come from Tongariro National Park back to Taumarunui.

The trip operates every Wednesday (see more on our bookings page). Booking with us is the only way to ensure your seat and make sure everything is taken care of – from meeting you outside the Taumarunui train station on Hakiaha Street, travelling to the Tongariro National Park, getting on the train and coming back down to Taumarunui.

In total, the whole trip takes about 2 hours, and will take in some of the breathtaking scenery and amazing engineering design of the spiral itself. We only have the capacity for 20 people per trip, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.


  • 11:30pm – we are taken by chartered bus from Taumaranui train station to National Park (takes about an hour)
  • 12:30pm (approx) – 1:14pm – some time to look around National Park train station, visit the cafe and use the amenities
  • 1:14pm – 2:15pm – through the Raurimu spiral back to Taumaranui on the historic train trip

There is also a cafe on the train serving light refreshments, so you can enjoy a wine or a coffee as you take in the views. There is running commentary on the train to help you get the best out of the trip, and under-2s are free!

This endeavour has been put together thanks to the efforts of local entrepreneur Peter Davison, and is also proudly supported by:

  • RadioWaveNZ
  • Kiwi Rail
  • Ruapehu District Council
  • Ian McKelvie (MP)
  • The Business Association of Taumarunui