Autumn five-day schedule on now!

We are now in our Autumn five-day schedule, with three trains running most days Thursday-Monday. We also run trains cruise ship days (through to May 2024) and offer transport to and from the vintage railway station direct from Paihia wharf. For details of dates, and scheduled engine, cycle and cruise connections please look at the calendar on the book now page.

Click here to follow our instructions for booking your Cycle connection.

Trains depart from Kawakawa at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm. They stop at Taumarere Station (to pick up bikers/walkers) and finish at Te Akeake located at the halfway point between Kawakawa to Opua. The returning train will also stop at Taumarere before completing the trip at Kawakawa. It will take about 1½ hours for the full return train trip to Kawakawa.

Gabriel our flagship steam engine runs the last Sunday of every month, and we run our vintage engines every other operating day.

Starting from 23 December we also offer return coach connections between Paihia and the Kawakawa Station (20 minutes). This makes it easy to meet the train, grab a coffee at the Railway Station cafe and enjoy the vintage rail experience. Leaving you more time to explore the natural beauty and history of this incredible part of the Bay of Island’s, Aotearoa New Zealand. Return trip to Paihia, approximately 3 hours, plus the option to look around Kawakawa township – art gallery, museum, unique retail, food and the world-famous Hundertwasser Toilets.

Our rail timetable includes a cycle-train connection as a temporary link to join the Twin Coast Cycleway (Pou Herenga Tai) between Taumarere and Te Akeake. It is strongly recommended you book online before you ride to confirm timetable and fare pricing. Click here to follow our instructions for booking your connection.

Groups of 16+ cyclists and cycle operators (hiring bikes, transport etc) are required to contact us to book this connection in advance as we have set capacity on each train. It is also suggested that cyclists check Cycle Trail information for the latest news on the trail condition following the recent weather events.

Train Timetable

Return service Kawakawa to Te Akeake.

Kawakawa Station has plenty of car parking for cars and campervans.

Please arrive at the station at least 15 minutes before your scheduled service. Allow approximately 20 minutes drive time from Paihia to station.

*Te Ake Ake Station and Taumarere are walk in or cycle only, you cannot drive there.

Ticket Prices

Vintage Train fares

Type of ticket Single
(one way)
Return
Adult $15 $30
Senior (Gold Card) $12 $25
Juniors (3-17yrs) $5 $10
Toddlers (0-2yrs) free free
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) $35 $70
Cycle train (Taumarere-Te Akeake)
Cruise-Train & Coach
$10
Return to Paihia
$15
$90

‘Gabriel’ Steam Locomotive Fares

Last Sunday of every month, and in the holidays or special occasions (as drivers are available).

Gabriel the vintage steam engine requires both a driver and a fireman with specialised training, in addition to running on coal, which makes her more expensive to operate which is reflected in the slightly higher fare pricing.

Type of ticket Single
(one way)
Return
Adult $20 $40
Senior (Gold card) $15 $30
Juniors (3-17yrs) $10 $15
Toddlers (0-2yrs) free free
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children)

Cycle train (Taumarere-Te Ake Ake)

Local Concession (10 x Cycle train)

$45
$10

$85
$15

$35

Cruise– Train & Coach

Paihia return

$90

Cycle Train connection between Taumarere – Te Ake Ake only. There is NO cycle access unless on the train. Cycle train connection fares apply. If travelling to or from Kawakawa Station directly, cyclists also pay single fare. We welcome cyclists subject to available space. At the discretion of the Guard on duty. At the owner’s risk. Maximum 16 cyclists per any one group/party. Bookings recommended for all cyclists as space is limited. Fares can be purchased online, at the Kawakawa Station, Paihia booking office or at the Gates at Taumarere or Te Ake Ake from the BOIVRT Guard. Concession books available for Far North District Residents (ID and proof of address required). Book of 10 cycle-connection tickets for $35.

Groups – 10 or more. We welcome groups, schools and events. 20% discount and Private Charter train options available. Subject to T&Cs. Please see below for more information.

How to bookClick here to follow our instructions for booking your Cycle connection.

Special train trips & Group Bookings

Special train trips (those outside the operational day/times above) can be run by arrangement. Special Charters can be booked for group events, school or educational trips, large cycle groups and cruise ship tours.  Also birthday parties or special events can be arranged if we have staff available. It makes for a great excursion and can be teamed up with local catering or musical acts and performance to make an extra special occasion.

To book a special trip please click the link to complete and submit a booking request form.

Join us

We’ve got a great team coming together at Keteriki – Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, with an exciting summer planned. If you want to get more involved in your community, in heritage restoration, engineering, track or kaitiaki teams; lead local tourism, events or mānakitanga, marketing or social media, or quietly assist with admin/office roles, please email us through your information, CV or paragraph about yourself.

We have volunteer and paid positions open and we pride ourselves on a diverse team of ages, cultures and skills. We know together, mahi tahi, we can achieve great things with our community and provide training, support and whanaungatanga to help us grow together.

Please email expressions of interest using the contact details below.

Contact us

Keteriki Ltd – Bay Of Islands Vintage Railway


Kawakawa Railway Station

120 Gillies Street
Kawakawa 0210
Northland, New Zealand

Station Phone: +64(0) 9 404 0684 (Phone manned Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-2pm)

Duty-Guard Phone: +64(0) 21 171 2697

Postal address:
PO Box 142 Kawakawa,
Northland, New Zealand 0243


Email:
admin@bayofislandsvintagerailway.org.nz

Paihia Booking Office Phone: +64(0) 27 802 8796

Photo credit: Ward Jameson