June 2007

DOC manages a diverse range of rail heritage sites that are becoming increasingly popular. Find out about the 31 sites open to visitors.

Karangahake Rail Trail. Photo: Paul Mahoney.
Karangahake Rail Trail


In 2007 the Automobile Association asked over 20,000 New Zealanders to identify the '101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis' - places they most wanted to visit.

Of all DOC's historic sites two rail heritage sites were the most popular; the Central Otago Rail Trail (16th) and the Karangahake Mines (51st).

Rail heritage sites are different from static museums and operating lines. They offer an adventure experience exploring remote and scenic trails, adding diversity to the overall rail heritage scene and providing further entry points to trigger peoples potential interest.

Get brief details about the location and significance of 31 sites open to the public, offering insight to our ancestors’ lifestyle and endeavours and some great recreation opportunities.

Publication information

Prepared by Paul Mahoney, National Coordinator Historic Heritage, Department of Conservation.


Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House
Phone:      +64 4 471 0726
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Historic heritage topics - Rail transport

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