Steam Train to Muriwai

  • Port

    Gisborne, New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


Journey by rail back in time with a ride on the sole surviving WA-Class steam locomotive in New Zealand.

A short walk from the pier brings you to the station. Climb aboard and take your seat in one of the three restored, heritage carriages for a memorable 40-minute steam train ride down the scenic Poverty Bay coastline to Muriwai. Built in 1897 in the Dunedin railway workshops, WA 165 was brought to Gisborne in 1910 to work the steep sections of rail to the north. It worked on that line until 1942, before being turned into the star attraction in a children's playground until 1986. Finally, this beautiful piece of equipment was fully restored by the local vintage railway enthusiasts.

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and an informative commentary during your train ride.

At Muriwai, the steam train will be turned around for the return to Gisborne. While waiting, you'll be entertained by a lively Maori cultural performance by local school children, featuring the actions songs and dances of the local iwi (tribe).


Participants must be physically able to climb three very steep stairs to board the train.