Taieri Gorge Railway Dunedin - NZ Travel

Taieri Gorge Railway Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway

A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway – one of the great train trips of the world.  Enjoy a stylish, relaxing ride through the dramatic changing landscapes of Dunedin city and surroundings and marvel as the train negotiates the narrow and exhilarating river gorge.  Considered a “must-do” railway trip, not just for train enthusiasts, it is a brilliant, qualmark endorsed, all weather experience.

Location:  Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Square.


Office Hours:

8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

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Help Notes:

  • There is an informative live commentary on all trips.
  • Souvenirs, light foods, tea, coffee, wines, ales and other drinks are for sale on board. Major credit cards accepted. (Eftpos is not available on board).
  • Wheelchair access is normally available, please reserve this in advance.
  • Toilets are situated on board.
  • Board and depart from Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station,
  • Pay and display parking is available at Dunedin Railway Station.
  • Children travel free of charge with an adult. Children over and above the number of adults travelling are charged a small amount.

Cancellation Conditions: On the very rare occasion, trains may be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or operations matters.  Taieri Gorge Railway has the right to change carriages or other equipment at the last moment.


Available Activities:

The Taieri Gorge Journey

Journey aboard Dunedin's prestige tourist train through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than a hundred years ago.  Enjoy full commentary, photographic stops, comfortable heating in winter, on board refreshments and all weather entertainment.

Pukerangi is 58km from Dunedin Railway station. End of the line for most journeys is Pukerangi. The name for this peaceful spot is Maori, meaning ‘hill of the heavens’.

Middlemarch is 77km from Dunedin Railway station. On scheduled summer Fridays and Sundays the train goes on to the quiet country town of Middlemarch. Stroll around the township, visit the museum, cafes, shops and country pub, and take home some local crafts.

Summer Timetable:  (1 Oct – 30 April)  Daily departures for Pukerangi  (4 hour return) 9.30am & 2.30pm.  

Friday’s & Sundays, 9.30am trip is to Middlemarch (6 hour return).

Winter Timetable:  (1 May – 30 Sept)  Daily departures at 12.30pm. Pukerangi trip every day except Friday. 

The Seasider

The Seasider travels high on the cliffs of coastal Otago giving you stunning views of the sea and is one of the "must do" train trips in New Zealand. Take in picturesque West Harbout suburbs, Otago Harbour rail causeway, Mihiwaka Tunnel and spectacular cliff-top coastal scenery before reaching Palmerston, a busy highway town. Visit the museum, famous pie shop, cafes and shops before your return journey to Dunedin.

Railroad to Gold Tour: From Palmerston, travel by coach to Macraes Gold Mine and Pukerangi, and by train via Taieri River Gorge to Dunedin returning at 6:30pm (includes 2 train trips, gold mine tour & lunch).

Departs: Various days in summer (Oct to April) and every Friday at 12.30 in winter (May to Sept)

Duration: 4 hour return. 

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