Experience the Taieri Gorge Train Journey
Welcome aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway - one of Dunedin's top attractions. Combine a wealth of history with railway charm and the result is one of New Zealand’s best-loved and well known scenic railway journeys. The Taieri Gorge Railway travels through the spectacular and ever changing Taieri River Gorge, offering amazing views and a fascinating insight into the building of the railway line by New Zealand's early pioneers.
This is a fascinating journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery.
Your journey begins by travelling through the Southern parts of Dunedin city, arrriving at the Wingatui junction where the train turns off onto the Taieri branch. From here the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Gorge, a narrow and deep ravine carved out by the ancient Taieri River.
The natural wonders combined with the challenge of man made engineering will leave you amazed, but the railway blends into the natural environment perfectly. It is a wonderful example of the sheer determination of New Zealand's early railway pioneers.
The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and across numerous bridges and viaducts. Stopping or slowing down at various scenic points along the journey provides great opportunity for taking photos. There are also spots where you can disembark and stretch your legs and enjoy the beauty, peace and quiet that nature has to offer.
Stand on the open air platforms or enjoy a quiet drink and food from our on board cafe while our train manager shares fascinating stories about the nature and history of the area in an entertaining and informative live commentary.
Our most popular tour is the four hour tour to Pukerangi. Sometimes the train will travel the entire length of our railway line to Middlemarch. This is a six hour option - check with our friendly office team and they will advise you of the timetable.
“Very beautiful train journey”
“Absolutely amazing scenery, comfortable ride - everybody was happy and enjoying themselves.”
“The scenery is incredible the whole way from Outram to Pukerangi, and the staff were faultless.”