Seasider Moeraki and Oamaru
The Seasider trip which runs north of Dunedin on a section of railway which is considered a highlight in the rail network in New Zealand occasionally will travel all the way to historic Oamaru. Departing from the magnificent railway station in downtown Dunedin, this train travels along the edge of the Otago harbour, considered one of the most picturesque in the world, before climbing the gentle slopes above the port town of Port Chalmers. Over the hill the train emerges onto the dazzling splendor or Blueskin Bay revealing beautiful views over bays, inlets and beaches.
The Moeraki Seasider trip gives you two hours at the spectacular Moeraki Boulders were you can marvel at the world famous boulders and/or have lunch at the Moeraki Boulders Bar and Café. The fish lunch is a specialty as they catch their own fish of the coast. There is also a well stocked souvenir shop in the Café & Bar complex.
The train stops on a road crossing about 500m walk from the Café & Bar. You do need to disembark onto the road so you need to have the mobility to do this (like climbing up/down a three step ladder) and to walk to the café. The boulders are a further 500m or so down the beach or sand-dune walking track. Please note that the train does not stop at Moeraki village which is about a 50 minute walk from the boulders and away from the railway line.
The Seasider continues to Oamaru and spends an hour there before returning to pick you up.
The train departs Dunedin at 9.30am arriving at the Moeraki Café & Bar Road crossing at 12.00pm. You will be picked up at 2.00pm returning to Dunedin at 4.30pm.
The Oamaru Seasider trip gives you one hour in Oamaru. The train will stop at the Oamaru Railway station - if it is the Silver Fern then it will likely go into the Silver Fern platform in the precinct which is only a minute walk to the Steampunk HQ and about 3 minutes to the Farmers Market (which is open for the Sunday trains).
If you book online select’ ‘The Seasider’ North bound’ (or Southbound if you are starting your trip in Oamaru) and then select the Oamaru option on the rates page.
The train departs Dunedin at 9.30am arriving in Oamaru at 12.30pm. Departing Oamaru at 1.30pm you arrive back in Dunedin at 4.30pm.
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