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The Esplanade Scenic Railway was established in 1969 and travels through native bush and secluded areas of the Esplanade.
The main track takes the railway from the Esplanade station, past the cafeteria platform, to the children's playground station and back again.

The track is 2.2km long, and the ride is approximately 20 minutes duration.

The teams runing the trains are all volunteers, as are those who carry out the maintenance and regulatory safety inspections.

Passengers can purchase a return ticket, which will allow them to enjoy the facilities provided at either end of the park.

A great Miniature Railway!

Hours (weather permitting):

Normal Hours: 1 - 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays (last train scheduled to leave at approximately 3:45pm)

School Holidays: 1 - 4pm on Monday to Friday (last train scheduled to leave at approximately 3:45pm)

Summer School Holidays: 12 noon - 4:30pm every day, from Boxing Day to the last Sunday in January (last train scheduled to leave at approximately 4:15pm)

Special events, including Halloween, Night Trains, and Christmas.

Excursions can be booked for other times. (please phone 06 357 3049 and leave name and contact number, or email: esplanadetrain@gmail.com)

Pricing (from 1/1/2018):

Return: $3 per person (no charge for children under 2 years old)

Half-trip: $2 per person (no charge for children under 2 years old)

Contact Information:

06 357 3049
Postal address:
PO Box 7065
Palmerston North 4443
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Last modified: 29 December 2017