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Thanks to all of your generous donations, we are pleased to announce that GVR will re-open in September!

We're currently working on a new online booking experience which will launch soon. In the meantime, get out your diaries and plan your visit!

Highlights

  • Reopening on Sunday 6th of September (Father's Day)
  • Counties Power Christmas Lights: Trains at Night - 11th to 13th and 17th to 22nd of December 2020
  • Day Out With Thomas - 13th and 14th of March 2021
  • Stay tuned for upcoming New Zealand train tours and experiences to be announced soon!


Glenbrook Vintage Railway Operating Dates 2020-2021

Steam Train Experience with First Class Parlour Car

Steam Train Experience

Counties Power Christmas Lights: Trains at Night

Day Out With Thomas

 

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We reserve the right to change these dates as current circumstances may require.

Train Fares

Under 2 years Children (2-14 years) Adult Family
Single return trip Free $10 $20 $55
Day Pass Free $15 $30 $75
Day Out with Thomas Free $10 $25 $70
First Class Parlour Car Requires child fare $20 $40 Requires individual fares
Hand jiggerFree$1
$1
Requires individual fares
Motor jigger Free $2 $5 Requires individual fares
We reserve the right to change without notice

Standard Timetable

Note that this timetable does not apply for some special events.

Depart Glenbrook 11:00am 12:30pm 2:00pm 3:30pm
Arrive Victoria Avenue (Waiuku) 11:20am 12:50pm 2:20pm 3:50pm
Depart Victoria Avenue (Waiuku) 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm
Pukeoware workshops visit 11:40am - 11:55am 1:10pm - 1:25pm 2:40pm - 2:55pm 4:10pm - 4:25pm
Arrive Glenbrook 12:05pm 1:35pm 3:05pm 4:35pm

When visiting our Railway, allow plenty of time to enjoy the old-time atmosphere and the options available, from the steam train rides and the opportunity to visit historic Waiuku, to riding the hand jigger at Glenbrook Station, taking an exhilarating trip on the motor trolley, or picnicking in the shady picnic area complete with children's play zone. Refreshments and souvenirs are available at Glenbrook.

Park your car in the free car park and pass through the gate to the Glenbrook Station precinct and take in the atmosphere of an elegant age recreated by the heritage station buildings with vintage luggage and period posters, signal box, railway house, semaphore signals and other "steam age" infrastructure.

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available for parties with 15 or more fare paying passengers, when payment is in one lump sum.
For 15 to 24 fare paying passengers - 10%
For 25 or more fare paying passengers - 15%

Special Events

Standard Fares may not apply on Special Event days. Complimentary tickets may be able to be used on Special Event days.
See the special events page for fares on these days.

Jiggers

Jigger rides are very popular attractions for visitors to the GVR, and our railway is one of very few places where one can experience these unique machines. There is a choice of two types as listed below. They operate from Glenbrook Station once the steam train has departed. Tickets can be purchased from our Ticket Office on the day.

Motor Jigger

These vehicles (also known as motor trolleys) were designed and built by New Zealand Railways (NZR) for track workers, bridge maintainers, signals staff and other staff who used them to travel to the work site with their tools to inspect and maintain the railway infrastructure where there was no road access. GVR now offers visitors to the railway a chance to experience this wonderful item of railway heritage by taking an exhilarating 4km round trip to Morley Road level crossing and return. These trips take place when the steam train has departed from Glenbrook Station. Suitable for all ages.

Hand Jigger

This historic machine dates from the early 1900s, and was a forerunner of the motor jigger. Again, this jigger has been lovingly restored to operating condition for the public to enjoy. Passengers who ride on it also enjoy an interactive experience (you have to provide the power!). The hand jigger is operated within the Glenbrook Station complex once the steam train has departed. Age or height restrictions for children may apply.

Note: Jiggers may not operate due to adverse weather conditions, volunteer non-availability, or during Special Events.

At Glenbrook

Our Glenbrook Station complex opens at 10am and closes at 5.30pm. The first train departs at 11am and thereafter at 90 minute intervals, subject to change due to operational requirements and may also vary during special events. The return trip takes approximately one hour.

Each trip features a 15 minute stop at our Workshops where passengers can inspect the restoration projects in progress, and other equipment on display.

Our volunteer staff are on hand to assist if needed, their period uniforms adding to your "vintage" experience. Please don't hesitate to ask questions of the guard, they will be only too happy to provide information.

Old-style cardboard tickets are purchased at the Ticket Window, and souvenirs, "Thomas the Tank Engine" merchandise, and books are available in the Bookstall. A variety of snack food, ice cream and drinks is available at the Refreshments counter. Dine at the tables provided, or enjoy our shady picnic area featuring picnic tables and children's play equipment.

Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available, complete with baby-changing tables, and parking for the disabled is adjacent to the station platform. The train is also wheelchair-accessible.

A distant whistle will herald the imminent arrival of the steam train, which always provokes great excitement among the children. The excitement will build as the train glides to a stop at the platform and is prepared for the next departure.

Before boarding, you may wish to inspect the steam engine (the driver will be happy to answer any questions).

You may board the train at any time, and settle into the immaculate wood-panelled carriages, in anticipation of your nostalgic journey. Your journey covers 15 kilometres from Glenbrook to Victoria Avenue in historic Waiuku, and return, and takes approximately 65 minutes including a 10 minute stop at Victoria Avenue station and a 15 minute stop at Pukeoware Workshops during the return leg from Victoria Avenue, to allow viewing of restoration projects and also other railway equipment.


Starting from Victoria Avenue

At Victoria Avenue, you may wish to alight from the train, explore Waiuku, and catch a later train back to Glenbrook.
Check out the Waiuku Town website for places to eat, shop, and experience:

www.waiukutown.co.nz
Note that the last train departing Victoria Avenue for Glenbrook is at 4.00pm.

The journey may be taken in reverse, joining the train at Victoria Avenue and returning there on a later train. Tickets for this option must be purchased on arrival at Glenbrook, prior to the return journey.

You are welcome to move through the train to select the carriage that most suits you, but please exercise caution, and ensure your children are under your control. Also ensure that when the carriage windows are raised, BOTH catches are securely engaged.

Toilets

As there are no toilets on board the train, or at Victoria Avenue station, please plan your trip carefully. Toilets are available at Glenbrook (including wheelchair-accessible). Public toilets are available in Waiuku township.

Directions

Glenbrook Station

24 Farm Park Road
Mauku 2681
Auckland
New Zealand

The car park at Glenbrook station is accessible from Glenbrook Station Road.

Victoria Avenue Station (Waiuku)

Victoria Avenue
Waiuku 2123
Auckland
New Zealand

Victoria Avenue station can be accessed through the Cosmopolitan Club car park or through the old New World car park.

Road

From the Southern Motorway, take the Drury off-ramp, and turn onto State Highway 22 towards Pukekohe.
After 7km, turn right onto Glenbrook Road towards Waiuku (at the service station)
Follow this road for 13km, and turn left into Glenbrook Station Rd.
Follow Glenbrook Station Rd, to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

Public Transport

Catch a Pukekohe shuttle train from Papakura Train Station to Pukekohe Train Station, and catch the 396 Bus from there to Waiuku. Alight at the Cosmopolitan Club in Victoria Avenue and pass through their car park to the GVR's Victoria Avenue Station. Visit the Auckland Transport website for timetables and further information.