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Temorary Closure

We regret to announce that we are not operating any train trips at the moment due to maintenance works on the tramline.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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What's happening with the Rain Forest Express?

Watercare suspended the operation of the Rainforest Express in May 2013, following a major landslide that caused significant damage to the track.

The area in which this occurred had previously been considered a low risk area; as a result, we commissioned a thorough geotechnical investigation of the track and surrounds, and have constructed a retaining wall at the site of the landslip and anchored loose boulders at House Tunnel.

However, the investigation has identified significant potential instability at a number of other places along the track; assessing whether these areas can be made safe requires considerable further study.

The report included the line that the Waitakere Tramline runs on and we are waiting for the same information and decisions as the RFE.

Keep checking back as we'll post more information as it comes in.

Welcome aboard the Dam Tram!

Nestled in the beautiful Waitakere (pronunciation: Why-tar-ker-ree) Ranges, approximately 30 minutes from Auckland's CBD is the Waitakere Tramline.

Built in the early 1900's for the construction of the Waitakere Dam, this 2-foot gauge tramline is a working piece of history.

During the journey, we pass through two tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, view a fascinating Glowworm display and see cave wetas. All while traveling through beautiful native bush. After Picnic Flats and exiting a second tunnel, the tram rounds a bend and you'll have a magnificent view of the Waitakere Falls with the dam on top. When we stop at the end of the line you have the opportunity to walk up the steps and onto the top of the dam.

We'd love to see you on the Dam Tram!

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