The Glen Afton Line - Heritage Railway

Ride the rails on working examples of New Zealand's engineering heritage. Explore the sheds, sidings, many rare and historic locomotives, rolling stock and stationary items. Bring a picnic lunch for a relaxing and enjoyable day out for all.

Passenger trains run on the first Sunday of the month or you can explore the junction most days. You may even find a train expert on your travels!

The Glen Afton Line is a heritage railway operated by The Bush Tramway Club Inc., a volunteer railway preservation group founded to save and restore steam equipment from sawmill bush tramways throughout New Zealand. The club now operates passenger trains along the old Glen Afton line. The Glen Afton line is located less than 13km from Huntly on Rotowaro Road at Pukemiro Junction and is undertaking work to restore the connecting section of the Glen Afton Branch Line.

Visit The Glen Afton Line - Heritage Railway Facebook Page here.

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Image source: Elliot Baptist - The Glen Afton Line.


Woodlands is a treasured historic estate situated in Gordonton, only10 minutes from Hamilton. Woodlands is a peaceful setting ideal for conferences and meetings and is one of the Waikato Region's most popular wedding venues.

This unique location offers the perfect setting for a range of functions or just enjoy a casual visit and tour of the historic homestead and gardens. Take time to watch the multi-media presentation outlining the the estate's fascinating history.

There is ample parking for cars, vans and buses.

Entry to the Gardens is free, donations are accepted.

Cost: $2 adults, Under 15 free.

All money raised from this entry fee helps to maintain, administer and develop the estate for the enjoyment of all.


Woodlands Historic Homestead - Monday to Sunday - 10am till 4pm
Woodlands Gardens -  Open 7 days - 10am till 4pm
Prof's @ Woodlands Cafe - Open 7 days from 9.00am

Click here to visit Woodlands website

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Woodlands Estate - Gordonton

Queens Redoubt

Queen's Redoubt, Pokeno, is an historic place of great importance. The New Zealand Wars mark a huge change in the history of this country. The key campaign was the struggle for the Waikato. Queen's Redoubt was the launching pad for the July 1863 British invasion, which began the Waikato War.

Click here for a full history of the Queens Redoubt

Anzac Memorial - te Kauwhata

Anzac Memorial Te Kauwhata - Waikato district heritage attraction

The Te Kauwhata Soldiers’ Memorial was unveiled on the Village Green on 11 April 2015. It is constructed from five segments of concrete obtained from the Waterview tunnel project in Auckland. Two of the segments lean together, representing the spirit of ANZAC: New Zealand and Australian soldiers supporting each other. The other three bear dedicatory inscriptions in English and Māori and the Te Kauwhata & Districts Roll of honour: five aluminium tablets on which are inscribed the names of 23 men who died in the First World War and 15 who died in the Second World War; the name of L.W. Manning, who died in East Timor; and the names of 174 men who also served. 

The memorial was erected as a community project by the local Lions Club.

Rangiriri Heritage Centre & CAFE

Rangiriri Heritage Centre & Cafe - Waikato district heritage attraction on way south of Auckland

A unique collection of memorabilia compiled by historian and teacher Pat Gaitely, dating from the 1863 Battle of Rangiriri. Entrance is through the cafe. The historic collection is housed in the cafe and adjacent theatre. View a sympathetic portrayal of the land war in a 15 minute audio visual in the theatre.Visit the cemetery opposite where all the soldiers and many Maori were buried.

You can also visit Te Whero's Redoubt, the war cemetery opposite and the Pa where the battle was fought on the 20th November 1863.

Waikato Stories

The Waikato district covers more than 400,000 hectares and is home to approximately 71,200 people. It is rich in natural resources, wilderness reserves, community history and culture. Select the links below to discover some of our stories...

Waikato Museums

There are a number of boutique museums dotted throughout the Waikato district that capture our culture and history.

Waikato walks

Welcome to New Zealand’s walking heartland, drawing visitors from around the world keen to soak up the district’s breathtaking scenery, clean air, unique landscapes and clear night skies. New Zealand’s national walkway, Te Araroa (Long Pathway) passes through the Waikato region and the stunning Hakarimata Range (also part of Te Araroa) offers visitors outstanding access to a fine stand of kauri trees. The district offers a wide range of tracks to suit all ages.


Waikato is, quite simply, one of the best cycling and mountain biking destinations in the world. It is the ‘go to’ region for visitors seeking to cycle. The area boasts a huge variety of top quality cycling tracks and mountain biking trails including the iconic Te Awa Cycle Way (The Great New Zealand River Ride). Ultimately, Te Awa will run from Ngāruawāhia south to Lake Karapiro, following the mighty Waikato River and offering stunning river and lake vistas, native bush and rural landscapes.


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