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Novelty Train Driver


CREST Charity Train







Children’s Recreational Enterprise Support Trust (CREST) is a fully independent registered charity that was established in 1992. CREST provides enjoyable and informative rides for everyone at the Dunedin Botanic Garden and seeks to enhance people’s experience of a beautiful place! Profits generated from the Novelty Train are used to help provide support for children in need who live in the Dunedin area.

As a CREST Novelty Train Driver, you will be:

  • Meeting and greeting locals and visitors
  • Cash handling - receiving cash payment only for rides
  • Driving the Train: Bluebell and the Electric Shuttle: Shuttle Bug
  • Transporting passengers of all ages through the pedestrian precincts of the lower Dunedin Botanic Garden
  • Occasionally assist some passengers aboard using a box step or ramps (not a difficult task)
  • Helping to provide all passengers with an enjoyable experience in a beautiful setting
  • Providing passengers with a commentary is desirable, but not essential

Training provided:

  • Full CREST training and support will be provided

Benefits of volunteering:

  • By using your driving skills you will be assisting CREST to deliver a Novelty Train passenger experience for the enjoyment of all visitors
  • You will also be contributing greatly to children's and families fun at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens
  • You can feel good in knowing that CREST's Novelty Train proceeds go to supporting local children in need

Further information available at www.crestrides.org.nz


  • A sense of humour and patience
  • Willingness to learn and be guided by the rules and bylaws of CREST and the Dunedin Botanic Garden
  • A genuine liking for people of all ages/nationalities
  • A sense of commitment and responsibility
  • Minimum age is 20 and a full driver’s license is required
  • A mature manner is essential - this role is ideal for retirees (reasonable mobility and fitness required)
  • Contact details are required as application forms can be emailed or posted
  • All drivers undergo a Police Check

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • To suit: Usually one day or half-day per week - weather permitting
  • Summer Hours: (Oct- March) 10:30am to 3:30pm daily
  • Winter Hours: (April - Sept) 11am to 2:30pm daily

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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