The Seasider

The Seasider is a fantastic additional trip to the Taieri Gorge Railway tour experience

  • Duration:4 hrs return
  • Distance:112 km
  • Operates:Scheduled days
from $50 per person
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From: Dunedin To: Palmerston


Currently, we are not running through the Gorge while we repair damage done by recent torrential rain.  But dont despair - we have some special trips through to Palmerston  on 16th, 21st, 26th and 31st  August - departing at 12.30pm and arriving back around 5.00pm.

The Seasider  trip runs North of Dunedin on a section of railway which is considered a highlight in the rail network in New Zealand. 

Departing from the magnificent railway station in downtown Dunedin, this train travels along the edge of the Otago harbour, considered one of the most picturesque in the world, before climbing the gentle slopes above the port town of Port Chalmers. Over the hill the train emerges onto the dazzling splendour or Blueskin Bay revealing beautiful views over bays, inlets and beaches to finally reach the busy highway town of Palmerston. Along the way, we slow down at points of particular beauty or interest, giving you the opportunity to get that perfect photo.

Listen to the fascinating live commentary given by our train manager and learn about the remarkable history of the area.

Enjoy refreshments from the comfort of your seat all while gazing out the windows on the sparkling sea and rugged coast.

If the train turns around in Palmerston thre is a 45 minute stop over in Palmerston before you begin your trip back to Dunedin. This is considered a ‘must do’ train trip in New Zealand and is perfect all weather entertainment.


On days that The Seasider continues to Oamaru you may wish to disembark in Palmerston and have 3.45 hours  before  the train picks you up on it's way back to Dunedin.   Watch this space as more details will follow soon on this new Oamaru and Moeraki service along with  tours and activities you can do if you take up the option of an extended stop in Palmerston.

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