Filming and Television on the Weka Pass Railway
The Weka Pass Railway, with almost 13 kilometers of track running
through scenic North Canterbury is an ideal location for a wide range of
film and television work.
Historic steam locomotive A428 and classic DG class diesel engines are
available on site along with a range of rolling stock allowing the
creation of period passenger and goods trains. With a connection to the
Main North line, other locomotives and rolling stock can be sourced from
Along with the beautiful North Canterbury scenery, there are a number of
historic buildings that can be used for filming - including the stations
at Glenmark (Waipara) and Waikari, the latter including a turntable.
There is also a depot located in the old Waipara railyard where an
engine shed, carriage repair depot and hall are located along with
various storage sidings.
The WPR has a wide range of vehicles can be utilised, or if necessary with a rail network connection other vehicles can be brought in on request.
The WPR also offers a wide range of backgrounds and scenery for different scenes. In summer with dry grass and tussock the scenery could be Africa, Mexico, or Arizona.
Russia in the winter, or rural England when green.
With Steam Locomotives and old diesels any era from the 1800s through to the 60s and 70s can be recreated.
The first use of the Weka Pass Railway for television was in 1984 when the
elegant steam locomotive K88, from The Plains Vintage Railway in
Tinwald, was used for the filming of Hanlon: In Defence of Minnie Dean
The railway can be used for film and period dramas as well as for travel
For some video examples of filming done on the WPR, please click here.
For some photographic examples of filming done on the WPR, please click here.
Please contact us for more information.