At Kawakawa there is a railway station. It is the home of the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway (there is a video on their website) about which I blogged around this time last year in the post First Stop Kawakawa where you can find more informtion about the railways and the steam engine Gabriel. This year we arrived at a convenient time and on a day when the train was running. So we went for a ride. And we had a very enjoyable hour or so doing it before Pauline drove me down to Whangarei for my afternoon flight home to Napier.
Ready to roll
Kawakawa's Star Hotel opened in 1879.
A bit of detail for Mark
The end of the line and the change over
The Long Bridge - the longest wooden curved bridge in the Southern Hemisphere apparently.
The restoration work is under way in conjunction with the cycling organisations who will share it.
A long shot to the final curve on the far side from where the train journey ends at the moment
Slightly spooky looking right at the engine (which is, of course, going backwards at this stage).
I think the driver should be looking where he's going!
The train shares the High Street with the traffic