Volume 5: Palmerston North Gisborne Line

The Palmerston North Gisborne Line is a 390 km mainline corridor that commences in Palmerston North, on the NIMT, and runs north-east to Gisborne via Napier and Wairoa. Construction took decades to complete due to the difficult nature of the hilly country between Napier and Gisborne and sparse population of the Eastland area. The section between Napier and Gisborne was mothballed in 2012 due to washouts, except for a short section at Gisborne operated by Gisborne City Vintage Railway, a steam heritage railway. In 2019 the section from Napier to Wairoa reopened for log trains.

The Volume 5 maps on this site cover the main line, several branch lines, and a proposal for a line from Gisborne to Opotiki. Such proposals were part of the originally planned railway route from Gisborne to Auckland, the western part of which became the East Coast Main Trunk, but the gap between the two railheads, only about 100 km or less, was never completed as it would have traversed very rough and unstable country.

Click on the links below to view the Volume 5 static maps.

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