West Coast Excursion

Follow the main trunk line from Dunedin up the East Coast before heading west through Arthur’s Pass and over 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 train tour on the iconic Dunedin Silver Fern Railcar departing Dunedin.

Following the mainline from Dunedin up the East Coast on the Silver Fern Railcar, 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 luxury rail travel this is a trip not to be missed. Enjoy a hearty breakfast daily, along with the included lunches and dinners, then relax as our knowledgeable and friendly crew take you on this unique and exciting experience. 


Day One

Departing Dunedin in the morning, the Silver Fern Railcar will be a leisurely journey in first class comfort.  With panoramic windows allowing for magnificent views in the 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 this morning transfer back to the Silver Fern and continue travelling north up 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. We’ll pass through gorges and travel beside and across the Waimakariri River before we traverse the magnificent Southern Alps, gateway to the West Coast. Enjoy a buffet dinner this evening at the hotel with your travelling companions.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.


Day Three

After breakfast this morning at the hotel we will collect your packed lunch and depart by coach. Enjoy the scenery as we pass through the Grey River Valley, Reefton, Inangahua Junction and the Lower Buller River Gorge and on up the coast to Waimangaroa, and finally up the hill to the Denniston Plateau. See and learn something of the harsh conditions endured up there especially by the ladies and children that once called this place home. Much of that early coal mining history and life is displayed on information panels along with relics and a few of the old buildings that remain. 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. You will return to Greymouth this afternoon via Westport and historic Charleston to 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 in some memorable seascape views. You’ll have a free evening tonight in Greymouth to explore.

Breakfast and Lunch included


Day Four

Following breakfast, we’ll head for a day out in Hokitika, travelling by coach. An optional excursion today is a visit to 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. Lunch in the café is included before we head back to Hokitika for 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. early afternoon return to Greymouth and enjoy some leisure time in Greymouth, or join us for an optional excursion to Shanty Town including a Steam train, gold panning, and dinner with return transfers from the hotel departing at 3.30pm. 

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 in the Silver Fern.  A packed lunch will be provided and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your travelling companions and friends at the Hotel Ashburton.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.


Day Six

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

Breakfast included.


Travel in luxury on the Silver Fern Railcar 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 the Silver Fern.


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


$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


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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