The crew behind the club.
By April 1980 the tunnel was completed and a third of the track had been laid. The station only needed the roof and doors to be fitted. The track and facilities where officially opened on 23rd November 1980 by then Councillor Joyce Ryan. Joyce became the mayor for Whangarei and she was asked to become the club’s patron.
Work continued to complete the second loop and a larger station/clubrooms was built.
In 1997 the club had outlived the Tarewa Park site, and with all the problems from vandals it was decided to uplift the track and move to Heritage Park, Maunu.
The club had many options of where to lay a new track at Heritage Park, and the present layout was decided on after many long discussions.
Using the track uplifted from Tarewa Park, the track was laid around the mountain and the steam-up bays were built with a rise and fall turntable.
The club was soon back in business giving rides to children of all ages.
In 2001 we were able to get funding from the ASB Trusts and extended the track by 700 metres. This included a 25-metre tunnel, a 23-metre viaduct and a small bridge.
In 2004 we again received funding from the ASB, Pub Charities and Southern Trust to help with the building of the Station/Clubhouse. This building was officially opened in January 2005.
The hard work put in by club members means the public is now offered a great experience on a very good track.