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 you will also be in a 1930s carriage pulled by a 1960s engine, all lovingly restored and maintained by Glenbook Vintage Railway.

From October 2021, your ticket also includes a free feed!

Our November trip includes a free spit roast lunch at the Taumaranui Cosmopolitan Club – when we arrive back at Taumaranui Station, just get yourself to the club by 1.30pm to enjoy the complimentary meal! Click here to see a map of how to get there.

From 2022, your ticket includes a free hangi at Ngapuwaiwaha Marae on Taumaranui Street. Click here to see a map of how to get there.

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