West Coast Silver Fern Excursion

  • Duration:6 days
  • Distance:1496km
  • Operates:25/9
from $1949 per person
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From 25 Sep 2017 to 30 Sep 2017

DUNEDIN RAILWAYS

WEST COAST RAIL EXCURSION

25th to the 30th of SEPTEMBER 2017

 

This trip is now sold out. Please contact us to register for next years trips.

Dunedin Railways presents a 6 day, 5 night guided West Coast Rail Excursion on the iconic Dunedin Silver Fern Railcar leaving Dunedin on Monday 25th September and returning on  Saturday30th September.

This special itinerary has been created to take advantage of some of the South Island’s most picturesque railway lines. Follow the track from Dunedin up the East Coast before heading west through Arthur’s Pass and over and through the spectacular Southern Alps to Greymouth. Enjoy travelling on the West Coast Railway line to Hokitika and Westport before you return to Dunedin. Highlights include crossing the Southern Alps at Arthurs Pass, the Denniston Mine area and spectacular Incline remains, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, and an optional visit to the new Treetops experience south of Hokitika.

For those who enjoy the romance and adventure of luxury rail travel this is a trip not to be missed. Enjoy a hearty breakfast each day along with some lunches and dinners that are included then relax as our knowledgeable and friendly crew take you on this unique and exciting experience with a group of like minded travellers.

 

INCLUSIONS:

Travel by luxury in the Silver Fern Railcar from Dunedin Station and return.
Accommodation in Twin or Double rooms. Single rooms available at extra cost.
Transfers and coach tours as described in the Itinerary.
5 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
Full commentary on all sections of the journey.
Knowledgeable and friendly crew throughout.
Free pouring tea and coffee aboard the Silver Fern.

PRICE:

$1949 per person (twin/double)

$439  single supplement (if travelling alone).

$62 for optional Shantytown visit with dinner

$49 for Treetops Walk experience and Lunch

 

To ensure your place on this excursion a deposit of $ 500 per person is required at the time of booking with the balance due by Friday 25th Aujgust 2017.

For bookings and more information contact the Ticket Office at Dunedin Railways  03 4774449 or email [email protected]

Your Train/Tour Manager Allan Boyer has a vast knowledge of the locations to be visited. Having run regular tours to the area for over 25 years as well as managing several Taieri Gorge Trains to Arthurs Pass during this time his experience will only add to yours. Allan and his fellow crew members are enthusiastic about this unique departure and as a team are looking forward to welcoming you to join them on the board the Silver Fern and to help make this journey a memorable and rewarding occasion for you.

 

FULL ITINERARY:

MONDAY 25th September: Departing Dunedin today at 10am in the Silver Fern Railcar will be a leisurely journey in first class comfort.  With panoramic windows allowing for magnificent views in the comfort of air-conditioning you will be transported in style up the East Coast of the South Island to Ashburton.  A stop for lunch in Oamaru on the way is allowed for. When we arrive in Ashburton there will be a coach transfer from the Silver Fern to the Hotel Ashburton where you will overnight and enjoy a buffet dinner while meeting with your fellow travellers.  Passengers can also join the journey in Oamaru and Timaru today.

Dinner included.

 

TUESDAY 26th September: After breakfast this morning transfer back to the Silver Fern at 8.20am and continue travelling north up to Rolleston. From here we will turn west and travel along the Midland Line as we make our way across the South Island to the rugged West Coast. We will stop to collect lunch in Springfield. Once into the foothills we will journey past high country farmlands and forests. We’ll pass through gorges and travel beside and across the Waimakariri River before we traverse the magnificent Southern Alps. Prior to our arrival into Greymouth you will see and hear about aspects

of early coal mining ventures and other industries of the coast. We will transfer from the Greymouth Station by coach to the Kingsgate Hotel. Greymouth will be our base for the next three nights.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

 

WEDNESDAY 27th September: After breakfast this morning at the hotel you will collect your packed lunch and transfer by coach to the Station at 8.00am. The Silver Fern will depart for a fascinating and exciting journey to Westport by rail. Enjoy the scenery as we pass through the Grey River Valley, Reefton, Inangahua Junction and the Lower Buller River Gorge and on up the coast to Waimangaroa. Here we’ll (or perhaps Westport) transfer to coaches for the 8km journey up the hill to the Denniston Plateau. See and learn something of the harsh conditions endured up there especially by the ladies and children that once called this place home. Much of that early coal mining history and life is displayed on information panels along with relics and a few of the old buildings that remain. The Department of Conservation have reinstated the top part of the world famous Denniston Incline which is a marvel in itself to experience. Our knowledgeable Train Manager will lead a tour of this fascinating open air Museum. You will return to Greymouth by coach this afternoon via Westport and historic Charleston to enjoy the beautiful views of the West Coast and the Tasman Sea. A highlight on this stretch of highway is the geologically impressive Pancake rocks at Punakaiki. There will be an opportunity to stop here and take in some memorable sea scape views. You’ll have a free evening tonight in Greymouth to explore.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

 

THURSDAY 28th September: Following breakfast transfer to the Silver Fern for a day out in Hokitika departing the hotel at 8.30 am. Enjoy the coastal scenery as we travel on the Hokitika Branch line. An optional excursion today is a visit to the Treetops Walk and café. The Treetops Walk is a relatively new venture that offers an exhilarating walk along a high sided platform/walkway 20m above the rainforest floor.  At over 450m long this easy access platform allows you to experience life in the canopy of the majestic Rimu and Kamahi trees. If conditions are clear then a spectacular view of the Southern Alps including Mt Cook is possible. Native birds such as Wood Pigeons, Tui, Kaka and others can possibly be seen at close quarters. The option of climbing the viewing tower from the walkway offers a different scene again as the expanse of Lake Mahinapua opens up. Lunch in the café is included before we transfer you to Hokitika. For those who’d like some free time in Hokitika the Rail Car will drop you off at the Station in the morning. From here you can experience the historic and retail options available in the town which has a proud history of its early gold mining, forestry and tourism activity. Mid afternoon return to Greymouth on the Silver Fern and enjoy some leisure time in Greymouth this evening or join us for an optional excursion to Shanty Town including a Steam train, gold panning, and dinner with return transfers from the hotel departing at 3.30pm. The cost will be $62 per person payable before we depart Dunedin.

 

Breakfast included

 

FRIDAY 29th September: Enjoy breakfast this morning before we transfer back to the Station at 8.30am bidding farewell to Greymouth and the West Coast as we cross back over the Southern Alps to Christchurch in the Silver Fern.  A packed lunch will be provided and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your travelling companions and friends at the Hotel Quality Elms.

Breakfast, Dinner included.

 

SATURDAY 30th September: After our last breakfast together we’ll transfer to the Silver Fern at 9.30am to travel back down the coast arriving at the Dunedin Railway Station around 3.30pm.

Breakfast included.

INCLUSIONS:

Travel in luxury on the Silver Fern Railcar from Dunedin Station and return.
Accommodation in Twin or Double rooms. Single rooms available at extra cost.
Transfers and coach tours as described in the Itinerary.
5 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
Full commentary on all sections of the journey.
Knowledgeable and friendly crew throughout.
Free pouring tea and coffee aboard the Silver Fern.

Light refreshments will be available for purchase from the food and drink trolley during the rail section of the tour.

PRICE:

$1949pp for all services as described in the Itinerary.

$439 for single supplement

$49 for Treetops Walk and Lunch

$62 for Shanty Town and Dinner

 

To ensure your place on this excursion a deposit of $500pp is required at the time of booking, with the balance due by Friday 25th August 2017.

For bookings and more information contact the Ticket Office at Dunedin Railways  03 4774449 or email [email protected]

Your Train/Tour Manager Allan Boyer has a vast knowledge of the locations to be visited. Having run regular tours to the area for over 25 years as well as managing several Taieri Gorge Trains to Arthurs Pass during this time his experience will only add to yours. Allan and his fellow crew members are enthusiastic about this unique departure and as a team are looking forward to welcoming you to join them on the board the Silver Fern and to help make this journey a memorable and rewarding occasion for you.

 

DUNEDIN RAILWAYS and OPERATING STAFF expressly reserve the right to amend, vary or cancel any part of the rail Tour Itinerary what so ever and shall not be liable in respect to any delay, loss, damage, sickness, additional expense or injury however caused or damage to or loss of property or baggage and will not be responsible for alteration or late running of the services as detailed in the itinerary by suppliers of those services. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking to secure your place. Full payment is due one month prior to departure. Dunedin Railways reserves the right the cancel the Rail Tour should we not reach minimum numbers. In this instance all deposits would be refunded.

 

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