Ex Christchurch Southern Rail Tour

Ex Christchurch Southern Rail Tour

  • Duration:7 days
  • Distance:1242km
  • Operates:15/9/18
from $2489 per person

Now taking bookings for  departure on 15 September 2018 arriving back on 21 September 2018

and 22 September 2018 arriving back on 28 September 2018



7 Day - 6 night tour


Departing from Christchurch on the iconic Silverfern railcar.  This seven day tour stops in Dunedin for three nights, Invercargill for two nights and has a one night stop over in historic Oamaru.

Included Highlights

Included excursions are the famous Taieri Gorge Railway, Richardson's Transport Museum in Invercargill, a day  excursion to stunning Stewart Island and a visit to the little Blue Penguins in Oamaru.

For bookings and more information contact the  Dunedin Railways team on  03 4774449 or email [email protected] 


The Itinerary:

Day 1: 

Welcome aboard this morning as we pull out of Addington Station in Christchurch. We will also do pick ups along the way as we head south.  Enjoy the ambiance and the scenery as we travel south in style aboard the Silverfern Railcar. Sit back and relax as we pass through towns that you may have only seen by road before. You are welcome to bring your own lunch with you today or you can purchase food when we stop for lunch in Timaru. We’ll arrive into Dunedin in the early evening transferring to our hotel the Scenic Southern Cross by coach. Enjoy dinner this evening at the Southern Cross and get to know your travelling companions. Dinner included.


Day 2: 

After your buffet breakfast at the hotel this morning the day is yours to spend as you desire! There is an optional day trip organised for those wishing to explore the Otago Peninsula which will include visits to the world famous Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head and the stately and beautiful Larnach Castle. Lunch is included at the Castle. Your day will also include a city tour. Enjoy your evening at leisure or join us for an optional visit to Speights Brewery for a heritage brewery tour and dinner.

Buffet breakfast included.


Day 3: 

Enjoy your breakfast this morning and take some time to enjoy some of what Dunedin has to offer before travelling to the much photographed Dunedin Railway Station at midday to board the magnificent Taieri Gorge train to Pukerangi. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and on board lunch on this four hour return train trip as it travels up the picturesque Taieri Gorge. Enjoy this evening at your leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.


Day 4:

Following breakfast at the hotel this morning we’ll transfer you back to the station to board the Silverfern as we make our way further south to Invercargill. We’ll have a packed lunch along the way and arrive into Invercargill in the early afternoon. Buses will drop you from the station to the impressive Richardson’s Transport Museum. Take your time to stroll through the displays. There is time to relax in the café before we take you to the Ascot Park Hotel which will be your accommodation for the next two nights. Enjoy a buffet dinner this evening with your fellow travellers at the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.


Day 5:

Enjoy an early buffet breakfast this morning before travelling by coach to Bluff, the southern-most point of mainland New Zealand. From here we will travel by modern catamaran to the beautiful and wild Stewart Island. We’ll start with a village and bays coach tour before cruising to Paterson Inlet at the protected Ulva Island. On the island you’ll be entranced by the local wildlife as you enjoy the guided walk through the native forest. A boxed lunch is included. Our time on Stewart Island will finish with the return catamaran trip back to Bluff. The Silverfern will be waiting to transport us back to Invercargill for the coach transfer to the hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Breakfast & lunch included.


Day 6: 

Following breakfast say goodbye to the deep south as we return north journeying towards Oamaru. Allan our Train Manager is from Gore and I’m sure he’ll entertain you with a story or two! lunch will be provide on route to Oamaru..After lunch we’ll continue north arriving into Oamaru in the early evening. Our train will stop at your accommodation for a quick check in and change before travelling by coach to the home of the Little Blue Penguins. Watch them march back up the beach as they return from a day’s fishing at sea. Following this enjoy a last dinner with your fellow travellers at the Portside Restaurant before transferring back to your accommodation.  Accommodation tonight is either at the Brydon Hotel or the Heritage Court Motor Lodge.  If you have a preference for accommodation on this night please let us know when you book and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner included


Day 7: 

Enjoy breakfast this morning on our last day together. We’ll depart from the hotel to board the Silverfern for the final leg of our journey north. We’ll stop for lunch in Timaru and arrive into Christchurch early afternoon.

Breakfast included.



$2489pp for all services as described in the Itinerary.

$499pp for the single supplement.

To ensure your place on this excursion a deposit of $500pp is required at the time of booking with the balance due 1 month prior to departure.



Travel in luxury on the Silver Fern Railcar from Christchurch Station and return.
Accommodation in Twin or Double rooms. Single rooms available at extra cost.
Transfers and tours as described in the Itinerary.
Six Breakfasts,  Four Lunches,  three Buffet Dinners.
Full commentary on all sections of the journey.
Knowledgeable and friendly crew throughout.
Free pouring tea and coffee aboard the Silver Fern.


Dunedin and Peninsula tour:  Take in some highlights of Dunedin City as well as a tour at the Royal Albatross Colony and a tour and lunch at Larnach Castle. Per person: $136

Across the road from your accommodation is Speights Brewery. on your  second evening in Dunedin take a  Tour of the brewery followed by a  two course dinner:  

Per person $68


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


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