How will the Museum project be funded?

Some financial support has been canvassed from central government, and from the Christchurch City Council – who have invested in Ferrymead Park’s heritage projects to date. The Museum venture has been enthusiastically received by the Canterbury Community Trust, the Mainland Foundation, and several other charitable entities.

  • In the Private Sector, a tiered level of sponsorship will be available to both small businesses or larger corporations, giving significant fulfillment to sponsors by way of enhanced visibility, advertising, use of facilities and naming rights.
  • Companies who donate between $1000 to $5000 of materials, expertise, or services, will be acknowledged by listing them as ‘Business Friends’ on an honors board inside the completed Museum. ONTRACK NZ Ltd. previously committed considerable financial support over a five year term, and others are considering proposals.
    Interested organisations and service providers are invited to contact us.
  • Community Service Groups will be approached to help, in addition to the many railway associated groups and supporters throughout New Zealand and beyond.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous founding donation given by Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, Canada.

We value our supporters and commit to work in partnership with them for mutual benefit.

How can I help?

The Friendship Line

The Friendship Line is a mini track of named sleepers which will be a permanent display on the interior walls of the new building. Each sleeper on this, the ‘Friendship Line’, will feature the name of friends, families and businesses who purchase sleepers for a cost of $250 (including GST) each.

Please see our page on the Friendship Line if you are interested.


The Railway Map

On the entry wall of the Railway Museum will be a map of the complete network of the NZR at its fullest extent. This would show all the little Halts on the branch railways, local stations and mainline stations.

We are asking for donors to buy one or a number of the following objects of the Railway System. Benefactor names will be permanently shown against the items they support on the Railway map, testifying to their sponsorship of the railway history.


Type  Amount  Examples
Branch Halts $500
Local Stations $1,000 Methven, Rakaia
Mainline Stations $20,000 Timaru, Napier
Major City Stations $150,000 Auckland, Wellington

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations are always acceptable for Museum purposes, and as the Museum has a Charitable status, your donations are tax deductible.
Bequests to the museum may be registered with your solicitors, please ask us for the form for that purpose.

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