The Seasider: for people who want to see more of Dunedin in less time
Coming to Dunedin for a day or two and looking for a unique way to explore the city? The Seasider train journey could be the perfect option for you
Departing from the Dunedin Railway Station - the Seasider is an approximate 2-hour return journey that allows you to experience the area from a unique perspective, whilst still leaving time to explore the rest of the city. Below are some of the reasons why this journey is ideal for those who want to experience more of Dunedin in less time:
- Visit the iconic Dunedin Railway Station
The Seasider departs from the iconic Dunedin Railway Station which takes pride of place in the central city. Built over 100 years ago, it is one of the city’s most prominent architectural landmarks and is said to be the most photographed building in the country! Knock two Dunedin attractions off at once by marvelling at the architecture of the station and its impressive foyer decorated with over 750,000 tiles, before climbing on-board the Seasider to journey along the Otago coastline. It’s a great combination of history, architecture and scenery and an awesome way to explore Dunedin and its surrounds.
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- A unique point of view
See some of Otago’s most beautiful coastline in a short period of time - without leaving the comfort of the train! Pass by Dunedin icons such as Emerson’s Brewery and Forsyth Barr Stadium, then travel along the Otago Harbour before climbing up the Mapoutahi Cliffs with views of various bays and coastal farmland. Get your cameras ready as the train approaches Waitati, where you will witness stunning panoramic views of Blueskin Bay. Exploring the area by train is a unique experience and being able to sit back and relax as the train chugs along allows you to be fully immersed in the journey.
- An interactive learning experience
If you are wanting to learn more about Dunedin but feel restricted for time or aren’t a museum-goer, The Seasider could be for you. Connect with the histories and stories of the city and its surrounds by listening to the live on-board commentary. The train manager will share stories and facts with you as the train journeys along the line, so you can learn about what you are seeing out of your window in real-time. Step off the train with a greater understanding of the landscape, city and culture and take your newly obtained knowledge home to impress your family and friends! You’ll be surprised at how much you’ve learned in just a few hours.
- Cruise ship passengers get dropped back at Port
For any cruise ship passengers out there, The Seasider has the added bonus of being able to drop you back at Port Chalmers. If you have just one day in Dunedin, you can spend the morning exploring the central city and the notorious Octagon before making the short walk down to the Dunedin Railway Station to board The Seasider train. Learn about Dunedin as you journey along the track and experience the changing landscape of the Otago Coastline, allowing you to get a taste of both the city and countryside! The train can then drop you back at Port Chalmers after approximately 90 minutes on the journey and you can take the short walk downhill back to your ship.
“The scenery is incredible the whole way from Outram to Pukerangi, and the staff were faultless.”
“Very beautiful train journey”
“Have wanted to do this for years and finally got the chance. This was absolutely the most fun afternoon.”