Southern Rail Tour 3 - 9 May 2020

This tour should definitely be on your wish list. Departing from Christchurch, this seven day tour takes guests as far as Stewart Island and has a real focus on history and the environment.

From $2779 per person

Christchurch to The Deep South

7 days


26/04/2019, 03/05/2019

Highlights include:

  • One night stopover in Oamaru’s heritage precinct with a visit to the little Blue Penguin colony where you will view the penguins returning home after a day at sea
  • Travel through the stunning Taieri Gorge on one of New Zealand's best-loved rail excursions where you will cross the largest wrought iron structure in the Southern Hemisphere
  • A visit to the Bill Richardson Transport Museum - an absolute paradise for motoring enthusiasts and those with an interest in New Zealand's history of transport
  • One day excursion to Stewart Island including a Village and Bays Coach Tour and scenic nature cruise


Day 1 Christchurch to Dunedin

Departing from Addington Station, enjoy the ambiance and the scenery as we travel south in style aboard our comfortable train. Arrive in Dunedin early evening at New Zealand's most photographed building, the historic Dunedin Railway Station, and transfer to hotel by coach. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and get to know your travelling companions.

*Dinner included.


Day 2 Dunedin with optional tours as below

After your buffet breakfast, the day is yours to spend as you choose, or join us for our optional excursions:

MORNING OPTION 1: A city tour, the world famous Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, and the stately and beautiful Larnach Castle. Lunch is included at the Castle. This option costs $149pp

AFTERNOON OPTION 2: Visit to Speight's Brewery for a heritage brewery tour and two-course dinner. This option costs $69pp

OR enjoy a free day and evening to yourself, exploring Dunedin.

*Buffet breakfast included


Day 3 Dunedin to Taieri Gorge / Pukerangi return

Following a buffet breakfast, take time to enjoy some of what the great little historic city of Dunedin has to offer before returning to Dunedin Railway Station and boarding the magnificent Taieri Gorge train to Pukerangi. Be amazed at the spectacular scenery and lunch on board this four hour return train trip as it travels up the picturesque Taieri Gorge. Enjoy your evening at your leisure.

NOTE: For passengers on the 5th of May, there is the option to join the 'Walk the Gorge' annual event and barbeque

*Breakfast and lunch included.


Day 4 Dunedin to Invercargill

Following breakfast we’ll transfer you  to the station before we begin our journey further south to Invercargill. We’ll have a packed lunch along the way and arrive in Invercargill in the afternoon. Tonight we'll visit the impressive Richardson’s Transport Museum for a visit to the museum and a buffet dinner. 

*Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.


Day 5 Invercargill to Stewart Island return

After an early buffet breakfast, we will travel by coach to Bluff, the Southern-most point of mainland New Zealand. From here we will travel by catamaran to the beautiful and wild Stewart Island. Enjoy a Village and Bays Coach Tour and a scenic nature cruise. Our time on Stewart Island will finish with the return catamaran trip back to Bluff before returning to Invercargill to enjoy an evening at leisure.

*Breakfast and lunch included.


Day 6 Invercargill to Oamaru

Following breakfast, farewell the deep south as we return north journeying towards Oamaru. Lunch will be provided enroute. This evening we'll visit the the Little Blue Penguin colony where you'll be entertained by their march up the beach as they return from a day’s fishing at sea, followed by the last dinner with your fellow travellers at your hotel in Oamaru.   

*Lunch and dinner included

ay 7 Oamaru to Christchurch

Enjoy breakfast on our last day together. We’ll depart from the hotel to board our train for the final leg of our journey north. We’ll arrive into Christchurch early afternoon.
*Breakfast included.

Dunedin Railways' dedicated rail touring staff have a vast knowledge of the destinations,and are looking forward to welcoming you on the board, where we  will make every effort to ensure this journey is a memorable and rewarding occasion for you.


$2779pp for all services as described in the Itinerary.
$499pp for the single supplement.


  • Travel in comfort 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.


Optional tours

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: $149
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 $69
Light refreshments will be available for purchase from the food and drink trolley during the rail section of the tour.

To ensure your place on this excursion a deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with the balance due one month prior to travel.

Contact us

For more information or bookings please contact the ticket office at Dunedin Railways 03 4774449 or email [email protected]


CANCELLATION POLICY: Dunedin Railways and its operation staff expressly reserve the right to amend, vary or cancel any part of the Rail Tour Itinerary whatsoever 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. Dunedin Railways will not be responsible for any alteration or delays of the external suppliers of services as detailed in the itinerary. 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 and is non-refundable. Travel insurance is recommended. Should we not reach minimum numbers, Dunedin Railways reserves the right the cancel the Rail Tour.  In this instance all deposits would be refunded.

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