Mahia Coast to Viaduct

Three Hour Guided Tour - Half Day

This is a very historic return ride to the scene of the Kopuawhara rail tragedy of 1938. We begin in spectacular coastal scenery riding along the seaside before passing through the Mahunga wetlands and its abundant wild life. The track then gently winds up through native bush for several kilometres alongside the Kopuawhara stream.  A short tunnel leads out across the Breath-taking 165m long Kopuawhara viaduct before arriving at the monument which commemorates the many who lost their lives one fateful night during the railway’s construction in 1938 Total distance 24 km

PLEASE NOTE. The start location for this ride is a one hour drive from Gisborne.

Standard Railbike: $125 per person E Bike: $148 per person


  • Spectacular start riding right beside the sea
  • Ride across the Mahunga wetland causeway with its abundance of birdlife
  • Through pastoral sheep and cattle grazing land
  • Rocky cuttings and bush clad green tunnels
  • Cross the beautiful concrete arched kopuawhara viaduct
  • The revelation of the little known Kopuawhara rail tragedy

Start Time & Meeting Points

Meet at the Opoutama Rail Crossing, Mahia 15 minutes prior to your departure time. Upon arrival, you will be given a safety and instruction briefing before setting off on your railbike adventure.


Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.

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