Southern Rail Tour

This tour should definitely be on your wish list. 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 stopover in historic Oamaru. Included excursions are the famous Taieri Gorge Railway, Richardson's Transport Museum in Invercargill, a day excursion to the stunning Stewart Island and a visit to the little Blue Penguins in Oamaru.

From $2779 per person

Christchurch to The Deep South

7 days


26/04/2019, 03/05/2019

Day one

Departing out of Addington Station, 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. We’ll arrive into Dunedin in the early evening transferring to our hotel by coach. Enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel and get to know your travelling companions.

Dinner included.

Day Two

After your buffet breakfast at the hotel this morning the day is yours to spend as you desire! There is an optional day trip, including a City Tour, 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. 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 Three

Enjoy your breakfast this morning and take time to enjoy some of what Dunedin has to offer before travelling to the much photographed Dunedin Railway Station 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 Four

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 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 Five

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 catamaran to the beautiful and wild Stewart Island. Enjoy a Village and Bays coach tour and a scenic nature cruise. A boxed lunch is included. Our time on Stewart Island will finish with the return catamaran trip back to Bluff. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day Six

Following breakfast say goodbye to the deep south as we return north journeying towards Oamaru. Lunch will be provide enroute. This evening we'll visit the 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.   

Day Seven

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 arrive into Christchurch early afternoon.
Breakfast included.


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


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: $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.

For bookings and more information contact the Ticket Office at Dunedin Railways  03 4774449 or email [email protected]

Your Train/Tour Manager has a vast knowledge of the locations to be visited. Your crew members are enthusiastic about this unique departure and as a team are looking forward to welcoming you to join them on the board the Silver Fern and to help make this journey a memorable and rewarding occasion for you.


DUNEDIN RAILWAYS and OPERATING STAFF expressly reserve the right to amend, vary or cancel any part of the Rail Tour Itinerary what so ever 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 and will not be responsible for alteration or late running of the services as detailed in the itinerary by suppliers of those services. 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. Dunedin Railways reserves the right the cancel the Rail Tour should we not reach minimum numbers. In this instance all deposits would be refunded.

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