Southern Rail Tour

Southern Rail Tour

  • Duration:3 days
  • Distance:504km
  • Operates:18 September 18
from $999 per person
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From 18 Sep 2018 to 20 Sep 2018

Book now for the Spectacular Southern Rail Tour featuring Stewart Island


18 – 20 September


25 – 27 September


Dunedin Railways presents a three day, two night guided rail tour departing Dunedin on our iconic Silver Fern Railcar bound for Invercargill and Stewart Island.

Following the tracks of the famous ‘Southerner’ rail journey, we depart Dunedin Railway Station and make our way south on the main trunk line to Invercargill.

We’ll transfer to our hotel on arrival in Invercargill for some free time in the afternoon before we transfer by coach at 5pm for  dinner at the impressive Richardson’s Transport Museum. There will be time before the buffet meal is served to stroll around the museum.

After dinner a coach will return you to your hotel.

On day two we’ll depart after a buffet breakfast from the hotel by coach to Bluff where we’ll board a catamaran to cross Foveaux Strait to the beautiful and wild Rakiura Stewart Island. Once on the island we’ll take a Village and Bays bus tour learning about the local history and environment and we’ll take a cruise to the protected Ulva Island for a nature walk with the experienced and knowledgeable local guides.   A boxed lunch is included. Our day will finish with the return catamaran trip back to Bluff and coach transfer to the hotel.

On our final day enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel before transferring back to the Silver Fern for the return rail trip to Dunedin.


Travel in the first class comfort of the Silver Fern Rail Car
Accommodation in twin or double rooms at the Kelvin or Ascot Hotels (single rooms available at extra cost)
Transfers and tours as described in the itinerary
Two breakfasts, two boxed lunches, one buffet dinner
Full commentary, and knowledgeable and friendly crew
Complimentary tea and coffee on board the Silver Fern


$999pp for all services as described in this itinerary
$120pp for the single supplement

Limited seats available – book now

For bookings and more information contact the Ticket Office at Dunedin Railway Station


Phone   03 4774449

Email     [email protected]


Your Train/Tour Manager Allan Boyer has a vast knowledge of the locations to be visited. Having run regular tours for over 25 years as well as managing several Taieri Gorge Trains during this time his experience will only add to yours. Allan and his fellow 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. 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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