Your Visit to our railway

Experience the golden era of “steam age” train travel at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, near Waiuku, south-west of Auckland.

With a journey of 15 kilometres through beautiful rolling countryside to the historic harbour town of Waiuku, you will enjoy a unique and nostalgic experience to remember.

Standard Train Fares
Single Return Trip
(3 years and under)
(4yrs to 14yrs)

(2 Adults and up to 4 children)
Day Pass 
(3 years and under)
(4yrs to 14yrs)

(2 Adults and up to 4 children)
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Standard Timetable:
-Note; these do not apply for some special events

We reserve the right to change without notice

Depart  Glenbrook
11am 12:30pm 2pm 3:30pm

Arrive Victoria Avenue
11:20am 12:50pm 2:20pm 3:50pm


Depart Victoria Avenue
11:30am 1pm 2:30pm 4pm

Pukeoware Workshop Visit
11:40am - 11:55am 1:10pm - 1:25pm 2:40pm - 2:55pm 4:10pm - 4:25pm

Arrive  Glenbrook
12:05pm 1:35pm 3:05pm 4:35pm

When visiting the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, allow plenty of time to enjoy the vintage atmosphere and the options available, from the opportunity to visit historic Waiuku, to riding the hand jigger at Glenbrook Station, taking an exhilarating trip on the motor trolley, or picnicing in the shady picnic and play area. Refreshments and souvenirs are also available at Glenbrook        

Park your car in the free car park and pass through the gate to the Glenbrook Station precinct and take in the atmosphere of an elegant age recreated by the heritage station buildings with vintage luggage and period posters, signal box, railway house, semaphore signals and other “steam age” infrastructure.

~ Group Discounts are available for parties with 15 or more fare paying passengers, when payment is in one lump sum.
The discounts are: 15 to 24 fare paying passengers - 10%,  25 or more fare paying passengers - 15%.

~ Disabled passengers travel free - Carers must pay the standard GVR train fare.  

Note: Standard Fares may not apply on Special Event days. Complimentary tickets may be used on Special Event days.
Please refer to 
Special Events for fares on these days.


Jigger rides have proven to be very popular attractions for visitors to the GVR, and our railway is one of very few places where one can experience rides on these unique machines. There is a choice of two types as listed below. They operate from Glenbrook Station once the steam train has departed. Tickets can be purchased from our Ticket Office on the day.



Motor Jigger

This unique item of ex-New Zealand Railways (NZR) equipment has been restored, and is certified to carry passengers. These vehicles (also known as motor trolleys) were designed and built for track workers, bridge maintainers, signals staff and other staff of the old NZR, who used them to travel to the worksite with their tools to inspect and maintain the railway infrastructure where there was no road access. GVR now offers visitors to the railway a chance to experience this wonderful item of railway heritage by taking an exhilarating 4km round trip to Morley Road level crossing and return. These trips take place when the steam train has departed from Glenbrook Station. Suitable for all ages.
Per Person


Hand Jigger

This historic machine dates from the early 1900's, and was a forerunner of the motor jigger. Again, this jigger has been lovingly restored to operating condition for the public to enjoy. Passengers who ride on it also enjoy an interactive experience by assisting with its operation (You have to provide the power!). The hand jigger is operated within the Glenbrook Station complex once the steam train has departed. Age or height restrictions for children may apply.

Note: Jiggers may not operate due to adverse weather conditions, volunteer non-availability, or during Special Events.

Our Glenbrook Station complex opens at 10am and closes at 5.30pm. The first train departs at 11am
The heritage train runs to a 90 minute timetable and the return trip takes approximately one hour
 The timetable is subject to change due to operational requirements
and may also vary during  
Special Events

~ A feature of each trip on the GVR is a 15 minute stop at Pukeoware Workshops where passengers can inspect the restoration projects in progress, and other equipment on display
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Our volunteer staff are on hand to assist if needed, their period uniforms adding to your “vintage” experience.

Old-style cardboard tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Window, and souvenirs, “Thomas the Tank Engine” merchandise, and books in the Bookstall. A variety of snack food, ice cream and drinks is available at the Refreshments counter. Dine at the tables provided, or enjoy our shady picnic area featuring picnic tables and childrens play equipment.

Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available, complete with baby-changing tables, and parking for the disabled is adjacent to the station platform. The train is also wheelchair-accessible.

While waiting for the train, we recommend taking an exhilarating trip on the vintage motor trolley, or a ride on our veteran hand-jigger, tickets for which are available at the Ticket Window.

A distant whistle will herald the imminent arrival of the steam train, which always provokes great excitement among the children. The excitement will build as the train glides to a stop at the platform and is prepared for the next departure.

Before boarding, you may wish to inspect the steam engine (the driver will be happy to answer any questions)

You may board the train at any time, and settle into the immaculate wood-panelled carriages, with anticipation of your nostalgic journey.

GVR map 1-13b

Your journey covers 15 kilometres from Glenbrook to Victoria Avenue in historic Waiuku, and return, and takes approximately 65 minutes including a 10 minute stop at Victoria Avenue station and a 15 minute stop at Pukeoware Workshops during the return leg from Victoria Avenue, to allow viewing of restoration projects and other equipment.

At Victoria Avenue, you may wish to alight from the train, explore Waiuku, and catch a later train back to Glenbrook.
Note that the last train departing Victoria Avenue for Glenbrook is at 4.00pm.

The journey may be taken in reverse, joining the train at Victoria Avenue and returning there on a later train. Tickets for this option must be purchased on arrival at Glenbrook, prior to the return journey.

The route is through pleasant rolling rural countryside, and consists largely of a succession of inclines which make for a most interesting trip, enlivened by the sound of a steam locomotive hard at work. Watch for the many preserved remnants of the native bush that once covered this area.

You are welcome to move through the train to select the carriage that most suits you, but please exercise caution, and ensure your children are under your control. Also ensure that when the carriage windows are raised, BOTH catches are securely engaged

Don't hesitate to ask questions of the guard; he (or she) will be only too happy to provide information

As there are no toilets on board the train, or at Victoria Avenue station, please plan your trip carefully. Toilets are available at Glenbrook (including wheelchair-accessible). Public toilets are available in Waiuku township.

We hope you enjoy your time at GVR. 


PHONE:  09 636 9361 (Weekdays - 9am to 12pm)
                09 236 3546 (operating days)
Email: gvr@gvr.co.nz

Postal Address: PO Box 13684, Onehunga, Auckland, 1643

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