About the Raurimu Spiral trip

Come and enjoy one of New Zealand’s great train journeys – the Raurimu Spiral trip!

Our trip starts at the historic Taumarunui Station, where everyone embarking on the trip will meet. From there, we will travel by bus to the National Park (a journey of around 50 minutes), where you can enjoy all the beautiful scenery and get to meet your fellow passengers. Once we reach the National Park, we will board the train and begin our descent down through the Raurimu Spiral, which was first completed in 1907 (although planning for the Spiral started as far back as 1883, with an original survey by John Rochfort!). You can find out more about the challenges and success of the Spiral on this Wikipedia page.

Not only can you enjoy the amazing views and civil engineering that went into creating the Spiral, but the train also has everything you need for a great trip – hot and cold drinks, food and comfortable seating. With wide windows on both sides, you’ll be sure to get a great view as you descend from 589 metres above sea level down to the Waimarino plain 220 metres below. With a maximum of 20 people in the group as well as your knowledgeable guide, you will see and hear about a lot of the history and beauty of the area.

This trip has been organised through the work of Peter Davison, who has pulled everything together to provide you a great afternoon – and it’s only available on this website, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.


The Raurimu Spiral trip – book now to avoid disappointment