Weka Pass Railway. Experience a great day out for the whole family on a trip on the Weka Pass Railway. This is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line, through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, where superior weather patterns provide crystal clear air and high sunshine hours.

Weka Pass Railway

Attraction - Waipara

Experience a great day out for the whole family on a trip on the Weka Pass Railway. This is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line, through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, where superior weather patterns provide crystal clear air and high sunshine hours. Based at Waipara, just 60km north of Christchurch, it's a fabulous days outing!

The Weka Pass Railway is a totally voluntary organisation, whose members are dedicated to the preservation of New Zealand's rail heritage. Initially the railway runs across flat farm land and passes a large irrigation reservoir and vineyards, before climbing grades as steep as l:50 ( 2% ) as it winds through the cuttings in the Pass. One can only marvel at the achievements of the workers who in the 1880's moved tons of clay and limestone by hand to form all the cuttings and large embankments.

The land was once under the sea and some of the surrounding limestone rocks have weathered into unusual shapes. Must notable are Frog Rock and Seal Rock, in the middle of the Weka Pass. Sea shells and fossils may be seen in the walls of many cuttings.

The Trip

Public trains run every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, every Sunday in January and most public holidays. Trains will usually be hauled by 1909 built "A" Class "Pacific" steam locomotive number 428, the only one of it's type still operational.

Travel from Waipara to Waikari through the scenic Weka Pass. You can take a picnic or enjoy a snack, or coffee at the Waikari Hotel or Tearooms. There are 2 open air carriages for viewing and plenty of excellent photo opportunities.

Bookings are not normally required for small groups. Simply turn up on the day and buy your tickets from either Glenmark Station (Waipara) or Waikari Station. Trains are also available for hire for large groups or special occasions.

Weka Pass Railway, Glenmark, North Canterbury
Address
Glenmark
North Canterbury

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