Off to New Zealand tonight!
A heritage railway which operates every day along a portion of the Kawakawa to Opua railway line. This is the site of the North Island's first railway and passenger service in the late 1880's. Today a group of dedicated volunteers keep the memory alive with the vintage steam train. The only train service in the world to run down the town's main street and down the middle of a state highway.
|Bay of Islands Vintage Railway|
Steam locomotive Gabriel pulling passenger coaches over Bridge Five
|Locale||Kawakawa, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand|
|Built by||Kawakawa Coal Mines (Kawakawa – Taumarere)|
New Zealand Government Railways (Otiria – Kawakawa, Taumarere – Opua)
|Original gauge||1435mm (tramway)|
|Owned by||Bay of Islands Vintage Railway|
|Length||11.5km (total length)|
|Opened||1868 (as a tramway)|