Easter at Keirunga Park Railway

Conor riding a train at the Keirunga Park Railway

My little boy, Conor, is two and absolutely obsessed with trains. This is more than the usual small boy’s interest, or the standard enthusiasm for Thomas the Tank Engine. Conor loves anything associated with trains, any kind of trains. He loves seeing them bo by, he loves train stations, he loves train programmes. One of his favourite pastimes is to watch trains on Youtube – which can keep him occupied for ages. We had heard about this miniature railway in Havelock North (in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand) so we thought we would check it out when we next visited Conor’s Aunty Marie and Uncle Pete over Easter – and aren’t we glad we did.

The Keirunga Park Railway is fantastic, and not just for train enthusiasts. This is a miniature railway, run by a local miniature railway club. The track itself is really long (for a miniature railway), with multiple tunnels and bridges, going up and round a hill. It even has a control tower! We got there at 10am, and it was just getting started, by midday the place was packed with large queues – so if you are going, get there early. There were lots of different trains, of all types (but not sizes). There were diesel locomotives, steam trains, and electric trains. Conor had six rides on six different trains. His favourites were the steam trains – fired by real coal! He had the absolute time of his life, and we would highly recommend this as a great family outing.


~ by Doug Newdick on April 25, 2011.

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