Dunedin to Pukerangi Journey
Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The train travels through the Southern parts of Dunedin city until it arrives at Wingatui junction where it turns off onto the Taieri branch. From here the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River.
The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts.
The natural wonders combined with the challenge of man made engineering will leave you amazed, but somehow the railway blends into the natural environment perfectly. It is a wonderful example of the sheer determination of early railway pioneers.
The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark and stretch your legs and enjoy the best of beauty, peace and quiet that nature has to offer. Stand on the open air platforms while the train moves or enjoy a quiet drink and food from our on board cafe while our train manager tells the story of the nature and history of the area in an entertaining and informative live commentary.
In summer (October to April) There are two trains a day up the gorge:
The Morning train run to Pukerangi daily (except Friday and Sunday when the train continues on to Middlemarch). The morning train departs at 9.30am, arriving in Pukerangi at 11.25am. Departing Pukerangi at 11.45pm arriving in Dunedin at 1.30pm.
The return adult fare on the morning train is $99 per adult. One child per adult travel travels for free with additional children charged $28
- Please note:
- If there is a cruise ship in town on a Friday or Sunday the train runs to Pukerangi instead of Middlemarch (view the timetable here)
- If there is a cruise ship in town the morning train normally arrives back at approximately 2pm. You can check the expected return time for your day of travel on the confirmation page when you book online.
The afternoon train runs to Pukerangi run every afternoon (except Christmas day) Departing Dunedin 2.30pm arriving in Pukerangi at 4.25pm, Departing at 4.45pm and getting back into Dunedin at 6.30pm.
The Adult fare on the afternoon train and in winter is $91 per person. One child per adult travel travels for free with additional children charged $28
From May to October their is one train a day. Monday to Saturday it is to Pukerangi departing Dunedin at 12.30pm and returning at 4.30pm. On Sundays the train departs at 9.30am to Middlemarch.
To check other fares please click 'book now' and select the journey you wish to take.
The train runs daily to Pukerangi, a peaceful outcrop out the other side of the Taieri Gorge. If you are worried that you will not see all the scenery on this trip then don’t; this tour allows you see all the best bits the trip has to offer. This trip will take four hours and is our most popular tour!
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Journey Highlights Along The Line
The Taieri Gorge Railway passes by numerous points of interest
Dunedin Railways is a locally owned company specialising in scenic train trips into the spectacular Central Otago hinterland and up the rugged Otago Coast north of Dunedin. The Taieri Gorge Railway, Seasider and Silver Fern train trips all offer unique and panoramic views over ever-changing scenery. There are opportunities for photos where the train either slows down or stops for you to disembark. You can take these trips as half day return trips or explore the various add on options you can take to make the most of your journey.