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The Spiral Snow Express


Travel with Steam Incorporated for a huge day out to the central plateau and the famed Raurimu Spiral for a great winter adventure. The train will be hauled by one or both of our restored Da diesel electric locomotives.

Sit back and relax while we take you through the Manawatu & Rangitikei areas to your destination of either Ohakune, National Park or Raurimu.

Travel over many impressive viaducts, enjoy the landscape of the Rangitikei River Valley and the mountain vistas of the central plateau before venturing over the renowned Raurimu Spiral. At this time of year there will be plenty of snow on the mountains.

At Raurimu the loco will change ends and haul the train back up the spiral with time allowed for some photostops. The train will comprise our fleet of classic red “steel” cars. There will be an open air viewing platform on the train.

Instead of travelling all the way to Raurimu you can choose from two other destinations: Ohakune or National Park.

The intention is to have a stop for a leg stretch at Palmerston North & Taihape in both directions. Plus a refresh stop northbound at Ohakune and southbound at National Park. All subject to timekeeping.

For those selecting Ohakune as your destination you will have about 3 1/2 hours to explore the area. Will be your own arrangements. There are several eateries near the station, walking tracks and a rail museum. Plus possibly a ride up to the Turoa ski field.

The other option is leave the train at National Park where we have arranged bus transfers to and from the Chateau Tongariro. You would have about 1 hour up at the Chateau. There is a $17 (for adults) charge for the bus transfers.

Please note that you can only select one destination. Ohakune or National Park or Raurimu.

The train will include a buffet counter selling burgers, sausages, soup, sandwiches, drinks and snacks, and a souvenir counter for all sorts of railway and steam memorabilia. You are welcome to bring your own food.

A preordered evening meal will be delivered to the train at Hunterville for you to eat at your seat (on your lap). Expected menu is a Beef & Guinness Casserole with Gourmet Baby Potatoes and Steamed Carrots & Beans. Plus a dessert of either a New York Cheesecake or Fresh Fruit Salad.

Cost $26

Prior bookings essential.

For more information visit here.  

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