Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2014 Calendar page. We post details of our excursions once all the details are confirmed. This page is updated on a regular basis so please check back often to see what is happening.

  Booking Now: Midland Mountaineer to Greymouth

 Charters and Events:
Mainline Steam welcomes inquiries for charters and events. A steam train is a great attraction and can generate a lot of interest for a client or staff day out. Have you considered booking a carriage (50 seats) on one of our regular excursions? This can be an exciting and affordable day out and makes a great promotional tool offering your clients a memorable experience. Contact us for more details. 

Film Location: Parnell depot makes a great location for commercial film makers and a number of advertisements and scenes from TV shows and movies have been filmed there. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the possibilities further.

Mainline Steam Gift Vouchers.

The ideal gift for that train mad person in your life.
Vouchers are available in 50, 100 or 150 dollar denominations and can be used towards the purchase of a ticket on any of Mainline Steams public excursions.

Perfect for birthdays or just to say thanks to that someone special.

You can order yours by phoning 0800 462 978 or posting the order form to:

Mainline Steam, c/o 2 McEntee Road, Waitakere, Auckland, 0614. Fax: 09 820 9131.


Timetable for Arthurs Pass Excursions.
Christchurch: 09:30am, Rolleston 09:48am, Darfield 10:12am, Springfield 10:32am, Cora Lynn 12:10pm, Arthurs Pass 12:40am (Arr) 02:05pm (Dep), Christchurch 05:30pm (Arr)


Due to the large demand for these trains we are pleased to be able to announce an extra trip on Sunday 31st of August. Now sold out

Please Note: 6th July sold out. 20th July sold out. 10th August sold out. 24th August Sold out. Updated 06/06/2014.

Winter is here again but shrug off those winter blues and join Mainline Steam for a fantastic day out deep into the heart of the Southern Alps behind a historic steam locomotive. Travel in comfort in fully heated carriages with large picture windows to maximise your view of this stunning landscape. The train travels from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and return and along the way we will give you the opportunity to see, hear and photograph and watch the train from track side. The sight and sound of a magnificent steam locomotive in action amongst the mountain scenery is a memory you will cherish for a lifetime. There is a buffet car on the train where you can purchase light refreshments and we have a 90 minute stop at Arthurs Pass.

Don’t miss your chance to travel this alpine route behind steam and book now on 0800462978 or fill out the form below and post it or fax it back to us. Fax number: 09 820 9131

Postal address: Mainline Steam, c/o 46 Patiki Road, Avondale, Auckland, 1026

Booking forms are available to download here: 6th July. 20th July. 10th August. 24th August.

Locomotives: Ja1240 will be hauling the excursion on the 6th of July and then Ka942 will haul the remainder.

Fares: Adults $110. Children (under 15 years) $80. Seniors (over 65) $100. Family (2A-2C) $295.

You can email here:

Saturday 23rd August 2014


Join Mainline Steam on this fantastic journey to the volcanic heart of the Central North Island. Travel behind Ja1275 and relax as you enjoy the ever changing scene outside your window. Marvel at the sight of this great locomotive hauling its train up the world famous Raurimu Spiral to our destination at National Park. Here you will be transferred to waiting buses for the short journey to The Grand Chateau for a sumptuous meal in historic splendour. (See attached menu) If you don’t wish to partake of the meal you can take the train fare only option. The train is equipped with a buffet car serving light refreshments and there will be a stop at Taumarunui in both directions. Because of space limitations the lunch option is restricted to the first 200 bookings.
A booking form and full details with timetable is available to download here.

Bookings on 0800 462 978 or fill out this form and post with your cheque or credit card number to:  Mainline Steam, c/o 2 McEntee Road, Waitakere, Auckland 0614. Or Fax it to 09 820 9131


TRAIN & LUNCH $245 PER PERSON (Auckland)

RETURN TRAIN FARE ONLY $175 (Hamilton)                       

TRAIN & LUNCH $220 PER PERSON (Hamilton)

Passenger Stops: Ellerslie, Papatoetoe, Papakura, Pukekohe, Hamilton, Te Awamutu.

Midland Mountaineer. 6th and 7th September 2014.
Join Mainline Steam for this great weekend adventure. Travel from Christchurch to Greymouth on Saturday 6th. Stay overnight and return on Sunday 7th. Accommodation in Greymouth is the historic Kingsgate Hotel. On Saturday evening there will be a sumptuous buffet dinner and a chance for an enjoyable evening with all your fellow passengers. Our journey to and from Greymouth will be behind steam locomotive Ka942 and takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand as our train crosses high viaducts and clings to the mountainside high above turquoise rivers. There is a chance there may still be snow on the mountains. Places are strictly limited so don’t delay in booking. Call 0800 462-978 today to secure your seat.


Full package – Train, accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

Adult (Share Twin*) $420 per person.
*Please note MLS does not arrange for people traveling on their own to share a room with another passenger.

Adult (Single) $500 per person.

Train Only:

Adult Return Christchurch – Greymouth – Christchurch. $285 per person.

Adult 1 way. Christchurch to Greymouth or Greymouth to Christchurch. $225 per person.

A booking form is available here to download and send in.

 For Bookings Contact:
Mainline Steam
c/o 46 Patiki Road, Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand.
Telephone: (09) 810 9567.
All excursions must be pre-booked.