Heavy Rain Watch - What you need to know

Metservice NZ has issued a Heavy Rain Watch for the Waikato region, in place from 2am–3pm, Wednesday 1 February.

Given the large amount of rainfall that our district has experienced over the past few days, we are urging residents to continue to take care and stay aware of the conditions in their area. Further rainfall could quickly exacerbate existing slips, river levels and produce further flooding quite quickly.

Click here to read more and keep up to date.

The King Country Steam Limited

Friday 07 October 2022 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Bring your friends and family along for this school holidays steam train adventure! 

Boarding at Hamilton's Frankton Station, this journey south sees our steam locomotive and distinctive yellow & red carriages pass through a quick succession of rural towns. To our right will be the majestic Pirongia Mountain as we traverse the rich Waikato farming pasture. South of Te Awamutu we pass over the Puniu River, entering the King Country. After we pass through Otorohanga, you may catch a glimpse of the Rangitoto Ranges to the left. From here it is only a short gallop into Te Kuiti.

At Te Kuiti you will have an hour and a half to stretch your legs, visit the Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, or explore the town. Meanwhile we will turn the locomotive around on the turntable (this is quite fun to watch from the brand new footbridge), coal and water our steam locomotive then depart back north. Te Kuiti was once home to a locomotive depot with several steam engines based in area, along with goods yards, shedding and servicing facilities. 

 Our licensed train's food and drinks trolley service will be operating - so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey back.

Arriving into Kirikiriroa-Hamilton-Frankton station at 3.35pm, your journey with us here ends today, with plenty of time to share some fun stories of your little train adventure with us today!