Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Things to do

Oldest vintage railway in North Island; operating 4 trains every weekend Fri, Sat, Sun, plus all school & public holidays. The only NZ trains to travel through a town centre street (SH1) to the longest curved wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere.

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway (BOIVR) is a heritage railway in Kawakawa, home of the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. It is unique as the only NZ working railway running trains right through the middle of a busy town.
4 trains run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday all year, plus every day in school holidays. Outside these times, Special Excursion trains can be arranged – contact us.
BOIVR is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit charity, and most Northerly railway in New Zealand. It is of significant historical and cultural importance as North Island’s first railway passenger service - now celebrating 150 years of Rail.
Enjoy a ride through scenic countryside for a unique experience and a great family day out - whatever the weather.

How to Find Us
From $20


Gillies Street
New Zealand

Opening Times

4 Trains run every Friday, Saturday, Sunday all year and every day of school/public holidays (except Christmas Day). All trains depart from Kawakawa Railway Station at 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm. Visitors should arrive 10 minutes before departure to allow time to purchase tickets.