Kaipara Kapers

Saturday, 8 September 2018


It has been some time since the last passenger service visited Helensville and it may well be some time before the next opportunity arises. The Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc invites you to join them on a one off, and definitely last time to ride the Silver Fern railcar, as we journey from Otahuhu to Helensville and return. Explore the hidden gems of the Kaipara township in this short springtime excursion.

Having just visited the area in preparation for this excursion I am genuinely excited that passengers will be amazed at the changes occurring out west, many of which we read about but have little understanding of.

So phone a friend, pack a picnic, rouse the neighbours, and make tracks to the nearest station to enjoy the best little trip to the west!

Ride in air-conditioned comfort, view the changing landscape through large panoramic windows and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers as the railcar takes you through town and country to the ever changing settlement of Helensville.

  • Travel through the western suburbs of Auckland and view the growth taking place.
  • Pass through the old end of the suburban line stop at Waitakere.
  • Be amazed at the change of scene at Kumeu – new suburbs, a growing hub.
  • Enjoy the changing horticulture landscape from Waimauku to Helensville.
  • Enjoy the old time ambience of Helensville, browse the Antique stores, savour the culinary scene, Muse at the Museums (Helensville Railway and Helensville Museum), paddle the pools at Parakai.
  • Wander the town walkway along the river and rail corridor. Enjoy a picnic.
  • Take a local sightseeing tour.

A local bus will be available to shuttle you around Helensville, to the Museum and up to Parakai to enjoy time at the pools if desired. This will act as the local sightseeing tour. See booking form. Admission charges to the Rail Museum & Model Railway, Helensville Museum and any purchases of food and refreshments are at passengers' own expense.

Excursion Details: Silver Fern Railcar – Last trip before it returns to the South Island

Pick up and Set Down Stops:

  • Otahuhu, 8.57am
  • Panmure, 9.05am
  • The Strand, 9.12am
  • Newmarket 9.20am
  • New Lynn, 9.55am
  • Henderson, 10.08am
  • Swanson, 10.18am
One fare for all stops.


Otahuhu: Depart 8.57am, arrive 4.00pm
Helensville: Arrive 11.15am, depart 1.30pm

Fare: A single fare of $90 all stations applies for this excursion. Local Bus $5.00

Refreshments: Tea/Coffee/Juice/Water will be served on board. There will be plenty of opportunity to purchase lunch in Helensville, or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic on the walkway or at the Museum or Parakai Pools grounds.

Bookings: As this excursion is being run at relatively short notice, bookings must be made promptly to ensure acceptance. Tickets will be issued strictly in order of receipt of fully completed and paid bookings. Trip details, timings and tickets will be forwarded 7 days prior to the Excursion operating.

Bruce Jackson, Steven Woodward – Excursion Organisers


By completing the attached Booking Form or requesting that a booking be made (including bookings made subject to credit card payments) intending passengers acknowledge and agree that when their booking is accepted by The Railway Enthusiasts’ Society (Inc) ["The Society"], they, and all passengers included in their group covered by the booking are bound by the Society’s Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel as follows:

  • The Society, The Glenbrook Vintage Railway Charitable Trust Board, KiwiRail, Ritchies Coachlines, and owners, employees or operators of any locomotives, carriages, buses, coaches or other equipment and venues used on or in conjunction with this excursion accept no responsibility for loss or damage, howsoever caused, to passengers or their belongings travelling on this excursion, including consequential claims or expenses.
  • The Society reserves the right to substitute the form and types of motive power and coaches that its Officers in their absolute discretion determine to be necessary, subject to availability and mechanical condition, and to vary schedules, including departure and arrival times and places, as may be required to meet operating requirements.
  • The Society accepts no responsibility for any consequences of late running or varied schedules or itineraries, however efforts will be made to keep passengers informed of such changes or variations and the reasons for them.
  • Each booking accepted is subject to a $20 non-refundable booking fee if a refund is later requested and made. However no booking fee will apply where refunds arise as a consequence of the excursion being fully booked or cancelled totally prior to commencing.
  • No refunds will be given in the event of breakdown en route or unavailability of the advertised means of conveyance.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations unless the request is notified in writing to The Society at least TEN CLEAR DAYS before the commencement of the excursion. Each such cancellation will be subject to the $20 booking fee deduction per booking
09 636 9361 (Weekdays - 9am to 12pm)
09 236 3546 (operating days)


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