Experience the Taieri Gorge Journey
Combine a touch of history with some 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 Taieri River Gorge and offers amazing views and gives a fascinating insight to the building of the railway line and life of those 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 Wingatui junction where it turns off onto the Taieri branch. From here we have the Taieri Gorge all to ourselves as the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Gorge, a narrow and deep ravine carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River.
The natural wonders combined with the challenge of man made engineering will leave you amazed, but somehow the railway blends into the natural environment perfectly. It is a wonderful example of the sheer determination of early railway pioneers.
The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark and stretch your legs and enjoy the best of beauty, peace and quiet that nature has to offer. Stand on the open air platforms while the train moves or enjoy a quiet drink and food from our on board cafe while our train manager tells the story of 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. However, 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.
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