The Oamaru Seasider
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 splendor or Blueskin Bay revealing beautiful views over bays, inlets and beaches. The train then continues north passing through farm land and more coastal scenery. There is a brief stop to allow people to disembark at Moeraki before the train continues through coastal farmland before arriving in Oamaru at 12.30pm.
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. Your train will be the Luxurious 94 seat Silver Fern Railcar
The Oamaru Seasider trip gives you one hour in Oamaru. The train will stop on the Thames Street road crossing which is only a minute walk to the Steampunk HQ and about 3 minutes to the Farmers Market (which is open for the Sunday trains).
If you book online select’ ‘The Seasider’ North bound’ (or Southbound if you are starting your trip in Oamaru) and then select the Oamaru option on the rates page.
The train departs Dunedin at 9.30am arriving in Oamaru at 12.30pm. Departing Oamaru at 1.30pm you arrive back in Dunedin at 4.30pm.
Taking this train one way as part of a tour around the south is also a great option. Linking this service with the daily trains up the Taieri Gorge makes a great link between the Central Otago Cycle Trail and the A2O cycle trail that starts or finishes in Oamaru. We can also book coach transport from Christchurch or Mt Cook to link with the Oamaru services (just as we can from Queenstown to our Taieri Gorge service)..