West Coast Excursion

Follow the main trunk line from Dunedin up the East Coast before heading west through Arthur’s Pass and through the spectacular Southern Alps to Greymouth. Enjoy day trips to Hokitika and Westport before you return to Dunedin, via Ashburton. Highlights include crossing the Southern Alps at Arthurs Pass, the Denniston Mine area and spectacular Incline remains, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, time in Hokitika with optional visits to the Treetops experience (south of Hokitika) and Shanty Town in Greymouth.

From $2195 per person

Dunedin to The West Coast

5 nights/6 days


13/04/2019 - 18/04/2019

Dunedin Railways presents a six day, five night guided West Coast  tour departing Dunedin.

Following the mainline from Dunedin up the East Coast, enjoy the sweeping views of the Pacific before heading west at Rolleston towards the spectacular Southern Alps. As the train passes through the Otira Tunnel, you will be transported above ground by coach, taking advantage of the stunning scenery. Enjoy the West Coast towns of Westport and Hokitika on our day trips, by coach. 

For those who enjoy the romance and adventure of rail travel this is a trip not to be missed. Relax as our knowledgeable and friendly crew take you on this unique and exciting experience. 


Day One

Departing Dunedin in the morning, enjoy a leisurely journey in comfort with panoramic windows allowing for magnificent views. With the added comfort of air-conditioning you will be transported in style up the East Coast of the South Island to Ashburton. Bring a picnic lunch, or enjoy a lunch stop at the Railway Cafe in Timaru.

*Dinner included.


Day Two

After breakfast transfer back to the train and continue the journey north to Rolleston. From here we will turn west (and turn the seats!) and travel along the Midland Line as we make our way across the South Island to the rugged West Coast. Once into the foothills we will journey past high country farmlands and forests, passing through gorges, alongside and across the Waimakariri River before traversing the magnificent Southern Alps, gateway to the West Coast.

Enjoy a buffet dinner this evening at the hotel in Greymouth with your travelling companions.

*Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day Three

After breakfast we depart by coach where we will travel through the Grey River Valley, Reefton, Inangahua Junction, the Lower Buller River Gorge, the coast of Waimangaroa, and  up the hill to the Denniston Plateau. Learn something of the harsh conditions endured by the pioneers who once called this place home.

Much of the early coal mining history is displayed on information panels along with relics and the remaining historic buildings.  The Department of Conservation have reinstated the top part of the world famous Denniston Incline which is a marvel in itself to experience.

Our knowledgeable train manager will lead a tour of this fascinating open-air Museum. Returning to Greymouth this afternoon via Westport and historic Charleston, enjoy the beautiful views of the West Coast and the Tasman Sea. A highlight on this stretch of highway is the geologically impressive Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. There will be an opportunity to stop here and take photos of the maginificent seascape. You’ll have a free evening tonight in Greymouth to explore.

*Breakfast and lunch included


Day Four

Following breakfast, we’ll head out for a day in Hokitika, travelling by coach. Choose some free time to yourself, or take advantage of our two optional excursions: 

MORNING OPTION 1: Visit the Treetops Walk and Café, walking along a high-sided platform/walkway 20m above the rainforest floor.  At over 450m long this easy-access platform allows you to experience life in the canopy of the majestic Rimu and Kamahi trees. This option costs $49.00

Lunch in the café is included in this option before we head back to Hokitika early afternoon.  Choose some free time experiencing the historic and retail options available in the town which has a proud history of its early gold mining, forestry and tourism activity or follow up with our afternoon option.

AFTERNOON OPTION 2: Departing at 3.30pm, visit Shanty Town including a Steam train, gold panning, and dinner at Shanty Town with return transfers from the hotel. This option cost $69.00

*Breakfast included


Day Five

Enjoy breakfast this morning before we transfer back to the Station, bidding farewell to Greymouth and the West Coast as we cross back over the Southern Alps to Ashburton.  A packed lunch along the way, and a farewell dinner with your travelling companions and friends at the Hotel Ashburton.

*Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day Six

After our last breakfast together, we’ll transfer to the train to travel back down the coast. We’ll have a short lunch stop in Timaru with arrival at Dunedin Railway Station at approximately 4.30pm.

*Breakfast included.


$2,195 pp for all services as described in the Itinerary.

$439 for single supplement

$49 for Treetops Walk and Lunch

$69 for Shanty Town and Dinner


Train travel in comfort from Dunedin Station and return.
Accommodation in Twin or Double rooms. Single rooms available at extra cost.
Transfers and coach tours as described in the itinerary.
5 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
Full commentary on all sections of the journey.
Knowledgeable and friendly crew throughout.
Free pouring tea and coffee aboard.

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


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.


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]



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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