Excursions

Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2018 Calendar page. We post details of our excursions once all the details are confirmed. We are pleased to announce that we now have our own fleet of carriages based in Wellington so we will be looking to develop excursions to put them to good use. There is a photo of one of the interiors here and the exterior here. All cars are heated and air conditioned and feature large panoramic windows to maximize the view.
In the Auckland area our focus has to be on building a new depot to house our equipment which is currently spread over a number of locations making it difficult for us to continue any restoration or maintenance work.

Tui Brewery future excursions.
Here is a list of exciting trips to The Tui Brewery in 2019.  The first one on the 9th of February 2019 is already open for booking and we will be opening the rest progressively over the coming year. Watch this website and our Facebook page for updates.

10th March 2019. The popular Tui Express with lunch at the Tui Brewery.        

28th July 2019. Vintage Car Day

10th November 2019. The popular Tui Express with lunch at the Tui Brewery.

15th December 2019. Christmas at the Brewery.


Mainline Steam Tui Express Super Rugby Battle at Brewery Excursion
Saturday 9 February 2019.

Join Mainline Steam on this popular rail adventure to watch the Hurricanes Vs Blues ‘Battle at the Brewery’ pre-season Super Rugby game at Mangatainoka.

Our heritage diesel will be at the head of the train while you ride in our immaculately restored fleet of AO carriages with large viewing windows, air conditioning, heating and modern comfortable seating.
Relax in comfort and enjoy the views as we travel up the Kapiti Coast into the Manawatu and through the spectacular Manawatu gorge.

Our buffet car will have food and drinks available. Please note that EFTPOS is not available on this train. All transactions are cash only.

Passenger pickup and drop offs at Plimmerton, Paraparaumu, Otaki, Levin and Palmerston North.

Upon arrival at Manatainoka enjoy the excitement of the Battle at the Brewery pre-season super rugby game and the hospitality within the venue. Kick off is at 3pm, the general admission area at the ground will close at 5.20pm. The train will depart at 5.30pm and return to Plimmerton.


Fares to Mangatainoka and return including General Admission ticket to the rugby game:

Depart Plimmerton or Paraparaumu
Adult - $180
Child - $100 (12 and under)

Depart Otaki or Levin
Adult - $140
Child - $85 (12 and under)

Depart Palmerston North  
Adult - $110
Child - $60 (12 and under)


Train Times:
Please be at your chosen departure station at least 15 minutes before the timetabled departure time.

Saturday 9 February 2019             
Plimmerton:        Depart 9:45am         Return 9:00pm
Paraparaumu:  Depart 10:25am        Return 8:25pm
Otaki:            Depart 11:00am        Return 8:00pm
Levin:            Depart 11:30am        Return 7:25pm
Palmerston North: Depart 12:05pm    Return 6:45pm

Online Bookings available here: BOOK ONLINE NOW

Download a booking form here. Manual Booking Form

Phone Bookings and inquiries. 04 233 8131. 9am - 4pm Monday to Saturday.


Auckland in December.

The North Pole Express

Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season!

Families will love the magical train ride in one of our specially decorated carriages. You’ll meet Santa, sing, and celebrate this special time of year.

Set to the sounds of carols passengers are invited to wear their pajamas and join us to be whisked away on the North Pole Express and delight in the magic of Christmas as the train departs for a journey to collect Santa who has been magically transported to an undisclosed location along the tracks.

All the details and booking are here.