What can I expect?

Among the largest model train shows in New Zealand. There are 20+ layouts of sizes, type and dreams as well as supporting exhibitors.

Adults and childern alike are attracted to the layout displays for their movement, animation and life-like presentation, or cause becuase it is fun.

You can enjoy see train related displays from local train clubs long with traders and hobby suppliers to tempt you, or provide product to get you started or add on to what you already have.


Something for all to look, touch and engage with

Regardless of your age, the show offers something for everyone. The modellers take a lot of care to add interesting little details that wait for your discovery.

It's easy to spend several to many hours viewing the layouts and exhibits. Take your time to look at and watch a layout fully. Many include sequences that trigger events from time to time.

The exhibitors are keen to show off their hobby and welcome the opportunity to chat about their layouts and displays.


Have a go

There are a few layouts that are set up for younger hands to operate. The hands on approach can bring a hobby to life. It encourages play, logical thinking, fun, creativity and transferable skills be it technical or interpersonal. Those with a engineering life view particularly find the hobby fullfilling.



Competitions encourage modeling excellence and involvement. Come and see what people have achieve within limitations set for the competition and celebrate with the winners. A highlight is seeing what childern create and the realism created by various modellers applying a wide range of skills.



Held at Pioneer Stadium. 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024. The indoor stadium is 2150 square meters providing much room for displays, layouts and people to move about comfortability. There is on site parking. As there is a swimming pool, those not so keen on the trains could have a swim instead.



  • Adults $20
  • Child $5 (15 and under)
  • Family Pass* $30
  • Weekend Pass (Adult) $30

*Two Adults and Two Childern

Eftpos Available (no credit card)

Open Hours

  • Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm