Take a ride with us
The Coolest Scenic Railway Experience in the Manawatu
The Esplanade Scenic Railway was established in 1969 and travels through native bush and secluded areas of the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The main track takes the railway from the Esplanade station, past the cafeteria platform, to the children's playground station and back again.
The track is 2.2km long, and the ride is approximately 20 minutes duration.
The teams running the trains are all volunteers, as are those who carry out the maintenance and regulatory safety inspections.
Passengers can purchase a return ticket, which will allow them to enjoy the facilities provided at either end of the park.
A great Miniature Railway!
Where to find us
There are two stations, our Victoria Esplanade Station and Maintenance Depot is located at the north end of the Esplanade. This station is ideal if you decide to come to the park for the day and have the car, as there is normally always car spots available here for easy parking.
If however, you are already at the park a better option would be the sister station at the Playground, this is located just under the flying fox.
For any administration questions please call into our Victoria Esplanade Station.
Hours of Operation
With weather permitting, the railway is open most weekends, public and school holidays.
Hours: 1 - 4pm on Saturday, Sunday, Public and School Holidays (last train scheduled to leave at approximately 3:45pm).
Private runs, or excursions, can be booked outside these hours.
During the year there are special events which normally run over Easter and Christmas. We also celebrate Mothers and Father's Day. More information can be found on our Facebook page.
Please refer to our facebook page for any cancellations due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
Along the 2.2 km track, there are two stations where passengers can board or dismount the train. This allows you to catch the train at the north end of the park and enjoy the ride up to the picnic/play area where you can choose to hop off and spend some relaxing time with the family. When ready to return, either hop back on the next available train or enjoy a walk through the Esplanade.
Passengers can also board/disembark at a platform behind the Café. This platform may be closed for boarding on exceptionally busy days. A sign will be displayed accordingly.
Return: $3 per person (no charge for children under 2 years old)
Half-trip: $2 per person (no charge for children under 2 years old)
Concession tickets: 8 return trips $20