Goldfields Railway Society

Goldfields Railway Incorporated was established in 1980 to preserve the rail heritage of the local area with the Society being based on the old Waihi Railway Station. It is registered under the Incorporated Societies Act as well as being a registered charity.

Since that time the Society has grown to now operate a popular tourist railway between Waihi and Waikino, and caters for the aspirations of both the history buff and the railway enthusiast.

Its objectives are not only to preserve this part of the nation’s rail heritage, but also to preserve the railway as an essential part of the Waihi district historical identity.

Today the Society’s objectives are little changed form the original concepts in that it caters for those people interested both in the tourism operation, plus the preservation and reconstruction of railway artifacts. The 30-minute trip between Waihi and Waikino travels along the original rail bed alongside the Ohinemuri River with views not only of fabulous scenery, but many of the original mining operation historical sites not visible from State Highway Two.

Society Membership

Your membership of the Society will help maintain our heritage fleet, preserving the past for the future generations, ensuring lots of fun and fellowship. As a financial member you will receive half fare off when traveling on the train. Membership is from the 1 July - 30 June.

Membership Form

Ohinemuri Explorer Package


This is the perfect way to keep the kids engaged for hours, a day, or even a weekend:


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Ohinemuri Explorer Package

Ride / Lunch Package

Train Ride:
Leaving Waihi at 11:30am, take the heritage train ride through the beautiful pastoral landscape along the Ohinemuri River to Waikino; be back in Waihi for 1:30pm.

Enjoy a beautiful pre-set lunch at Waikino Station Cafe: bacon & egg slice, ham & cheese toastie, a sweet and tea or coffee. Eat in the friendly cozy café or take your lunch onto the Tauranga Dining Car.

Package Price

Adults: $28.50
Gold Card holders: $24.50

Package available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday during school term-time. Not public holidays.

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Waikino Station

Save 20% on normal ticket prices and get a cracking good lunch as well!