The Chateau Tongariro Rail Excursion 2019

Date: 07/04/19
Time: 8:00 am - 7:20 pm
Location: Feilding Railway Station

The Chateau Restaurant is full now.  However we can still take you up to National Park or onto the Chateau village for you to explore.
The cafe at National Park Railway Station (07 892 2881) will be open.


Join us on a unique Irish themed railway trip to the Château Tongariro.  We encourage everyone to dress up and prizes will be given to the best dressed Irish couple. The last trip sold out in three weeks as there is always heavy demand for this journey. The train will be hauled by a KiwiRail diesel locomotive.

Chateau Tongariro

Enjoy the wide plains vistas of the Manawatu and the rugged landscapes of the Rangitikei as your journey takes you over majestic viaducts and our locomotive hurries through tunnels on its way to the agribusiness centre that is Taihape township.
Overlander on viaduct
Leaving Taihape we climb to the volcanic plateau. Passing Waiouru and Ohakune our locomotive speeds on towards National Park.


At National Park stands the Château Tongariro, like a sentinel, on guard at the base of the mighty Mount Ruapehu. Built in 1929 after the land was gifted by Maori, this New Zealand icon has been visited by VIPs from all around the world. Now it’s your turn! You will be transported by bus up to the Château for a three course meal including tea and coffee. Any liquid refreshments that you may desire are extra.



Leek potato and truffle (GF)
Roasted tomato vegetable and barley
Bread rolls


Salad bar (GF)
Marinated vegetables, lettuce, selection of dressings
Shrimp and avocado salad (GF)
Mixed greens and a spicy cocktail sauce
Mediterranean Chickpea salad (GF)
Grilled vegetables with a mint, cumin and yoghurt dressing
Caesar salad (GF)
New Zealand cheese (GF)
Smoked cheddar, edam and camembert, quince paste, nuts, dried apricot, crackers

Hot line

Lyonnaise potatoes
Onion, garlic, herbs (V,DF)
Carrots, beets and parsnips
Honey gastrique and toasted walnuts (GF,V,DF)
Cauliflower and broccoli morney
Black truffle (V)
Baked NZ Hoki
Green beans, lime and horopito butter sauce (GF)
Grilled chicken breast
Spinach, mushroom and red wine sauce (GF)
Roasted rump of beef
Buttercup pumpkin, kale and peppercorn sauce (GF)

Carving station

Rolled pork leg (GF)
Mustard, gravy, apple sauce


Mixed fruit salad (GF)
Apple peach and pecan cobbler
Maple and vanilla custard cream
Rolled pavlova (GF)
Passion fruit and berry compote
Chocolate / banana / carrot cakes
Ice cream station cones and lolly bar
Tea and coffee (GF)


No BYO.  This train will be licensed.

For those who may find the tundra landscape more interesting our train will be stationed at National Park for three hours with the National Park township a kilometre walk away.
At 3.40 pm we depart National Park on the return trip to Feilding.

When Sunday 7th April 2019
Departs Feilding 8.00 am
Departs Marton 8.35 am
Arrives National Park  12.00 pm
Departs National Park:  3.40 pm
Arrive Marton 6.45 pm
Arrive Feilding 7.20 pm

This is a diesel hauled train.

The Marton railway station is at the end of Station Road East, off Wellington Street which is the main road in Marton. There is very limited but adequate parking at the station as KiwiRail have blocked vehicle access to the platform. There is no security at the Marton railway station, so ensure there is nothing of interest to thieves in your car. This link might help.

For additional information Phone  06 3235444  or email

You must read and understand the terms and conditions.  Click here to view the terms and conditions.

Prizes will be given to the best dressed Irish couple.

 If this trip does not work for you then join our friends email list.   Please add your email to our list,  by clicking here.

We will send you an email each time a new trip is ready to be booked.

If you are unable to book online, drop into the Palmerston North, Woodville, Masterton, Whanganui, Hawera or Stratford i-SITEs or Dannevirke, Feilding Info Centres. They can book you there, but an additional booking fee applies.

Once you book you will get an automatic reply.  If you do not get a reply within an hour check your SPAM folder and then rebook.

Tickets will be Emailed the Friday before the trip.  Make sure your email address is correctly entered.

The Chateau Restaurant is full now.  However we can still take you up to National Park or onto the Chateau village for you to explore.

The cafe at National Park Railway Station (07 892 2881) will be open.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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