Level 1 Operations

We are operating our normal Level 1 operations. Please help us fight the spread of COVID-19.

News

Goldfields Mini-Rail is Go!

Posted October 09, 2020

Our 7 1/4” miniature railway is officially in operation. We’re hoping to run the mini-rail ever second Sunday from 25 October with a planned trial on 11 October 2020. Please contact us for more information.

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School Holidays Schedule

Posted September 24, 2020

We will be operating three daily return passenger services throughout the School Holidays, from 26 September. For bookings and more info, please visit: https://www.waihirail.co.nz/booking/

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Change to bike wagon for 2 October

Posted September 23, 2020

Due to the need to use our bike carriage for our Great Train Robbery, we will not be carrying bikes on our first return run on Friday, 2 October 2020. The bike carriage will be available for Rail Trail riders...

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The Great Train Robbery Returns!

Posted September 21, 2020

Our popular annual event is on again in 2020..! Book your place now for The Great Train Robbery and join in the fun. This is a family-friendly event for young and the young-at-heart. We leave Waihi Station on 2 October...

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Alert Level 2 Update - Face Coverings

Posted August 24, 2020

From 31 August 2020 we ask passengers to wear face coverings while riding our trains, in line with the Government’s Alert Level 2 guidelines. We sincerely thank you for your understanding.

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Winter Operations

Winter Operations

Posted July 19, 2020

Goldfields Railway has returned to its wintertime schedule. With the exception of group bookings, we will be closed on Wednesdays to allow for railway maintenance. Please contact us for more information.

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Seven-day rail services resume

Posted June 09, 2020

With the move to Alert Level 1, Goldfields Railway has returned to operating daily return services. Please visit our Timetable & Booking page to book your journey and more information.  

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Weekend Operation During Alert Level 2

Posted June 03, 2020

Goldfields Railway will be operating at weekends only for the balance of Alert Level 2 with two return trips each day.  Please visit our Timetable & Bookings page to book your seats and more information.

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Weather closes railway on Queens Birthday

Posted May 31, 2020

Heavy storms have left debris on the track at Goldfields Railway. Sadly, we will not be running trains on 1 June 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors.

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Train rides restart under Alert Level 2

Posted May 28, 2020

Goldfields Railway has restarted its historic passenger trains. From Saturday, 30 May 2020, the railway will operate at weekends only as well as Queen’s Birthday, 01 June 2020. For bookings and more information, please visit the Timetables & Bookings page...

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Overnight Parking now open!

Posted May 20, 2020

Our overnight parking facility has reopened to visitors during COVID-19 Alert Level 2. This includes our Hauraki Rail Trail toilet facilities. Those wishing to stay with us are welcome to book a powered or non-powered site via our Bookings page....

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Shutdown due to COVID-19

Posted March 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic reaching Level 2, Goldfields Railway will cease running its passenger trains until further notice. We’ve made the decision to help stem the spread of the virus. Please visit our website, our Facebook page or contact...

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Colouring Competition

Colouring Competition

Posted December 26, 2019

On Christmas Eve we ran a colouring competition with prizes donated by two of our volunteers, Linda and Ricky (pictured below, with the prizes). The winner in the 6 and over category was Sophie with a strong entry titled “The...

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Campground News

Campground News

Posted December 14, 2019

Hello Campers! We are pleased to announce our new online campsite booking facility which you can find at www.waihirail.co.nz/campground/ We have also put up a new sign, clarifying that the campground is for overnight guests only.  Do include a stop...

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Loco 1 is back on track!

Loco 1 is back on track!

Posted December 03, 2019

Goldfields Railway’s Operations Manager Jucey King is all smiles to see the award-winning Price shunter back in operating condition.The 1944-era locomotive has had its Isuzu Diesel engine replaced, due to an unusual problem with the one installed by Life Member...

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Progress on F564 continues

Posted November 24, 2019

Work continues on the restoration of Goldfields Railway’s wooden Brake Van.Our R&M Team has added a sub-floor, reinstalled the manual brake control wheel, fitting new steps and electrical wiring and getting the exterior of the 1933-era wagon ready for re-cladding.The...

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Waihi gains Motorhome-Friendly status

Waihi gains Motorhome-Friendly status

Posted October 10, 2019

Yesterday Goldfields Railway hosted the official granting of Motorhome-Friendly Town to Waihi. Thanks to NZMCA & HDC for choosing historic Waihi Station as the location for the event - very appropriate as we have a great little campground here. It...

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Great Train Robbery

Great Train Robbery

Posted October 09, 2019

Great Train Robbery What a trip it was - so many western outfits, mean bandits, horses, the works.  An exciting trip was had by all and most people got a double ration of Crunchie bars this time. Check out the...

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Great Train Robbery

Great Train Robbery

Posted September 11, 2019

Our annual Great Train Robbery is coming up on Friday 4th October.  Tickets on sale from Friday 20th September - don’t miss out! Dress up in your cowboy/girl gear, but please leave the guns at home.

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MPs Visit Railway

MPs Visit Railway

Posted September 09, 2019

Scott Simpson and Paula Bennett paid us a visit last week; they were very interested in our current and future projects.  Here they are with volunteers Peter and Dave. We’re always delighted to see pollies of any persuasion - one...

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Loco 6 - looking beautiful!

Loco 6 - looking beautiful!

Posted August 31, 2019

This was Loco 6 yesterday morning, sitting in a rainbow, all dolled up and just waiting for passengers.

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The Hey-Day of Rail Travel

The Hey-Day of Rail Travel

Posted August 22, 2019

Read all about it - this recent article in the Hauraki Herald gives some details of Goldfields Railway’s history and what it is that draw upwards of 24,000 passengers a year to make the nostalgic trip between Waihi and Waikino. ...

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Trains take a lot of stopping

Posted August 15, 2019

Trains take a long time to stop; always be alert around railway tracks, crossings, stations.  If you’re wearing a hoodie and headphones, keep your eyes up and look around now and then.  Even if the driver sees you, they can’t...

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Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers

Posted August 12, 2019

Goldfields Railway is looking for more volunteers to help operate its historic train rides.   The opportunities to become involved are many and varied and are a great way for young people, especially secondary and tertiary students who are considering careers...

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