Taieri Gorge Railway

Discover one of the world’s great’s train trips in New Zealand aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway, an experience too fantastic to miss!

Taieri Gorge Railway brings passengers into the scenic Central Otago hinterland and up the windswept Otago Coast north of Dunedin. The train negotiates sharp curves, passes through narrow tunnels, and crosses deep ravines via tall viaducts to give passengers panoramic views of a beautifully rugged country blessed with a variety of landscapes. The train slows down or stops at some points for passengers to disembark and take unforgettable photos.

Learn more about the region from live commentary available on all trips. Snacks and drinks can be purchased on board from the licenced café and bar.

Dunedin - Middlemarch or vice versa (One-Way Journey)
Dunedin to Middlemarch to Dunedin (Return Journey)

The train continues its journey to the very end of the railway line in Middlemarch two times a week in summer (Oct. to Apr.), and once a week in winter (May to Sep.). A beautiful picture of a railway town, Middlemarch marks the start of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Dunedin - Pukerangi or vice versa (One-Way Journey)
Dunedin - Pukerangi - Dunedin (Return Journey)

See the other side of the Taieri Gorge on a train trip to Pukerangi, a serene outcrop where the train turns around and heads back to Dunedin. One of the most popular tours, the train to Pukerangi runs daily, taking four hours and giving passengers the best views the trip has to offer.

Track and Trail: Dunedin - Queenstown or vice versa (One Way Journey)

See the off-the-beaten Central Otago hinterlands and the adventure capital of New Zealand on this Track and Trail tour. Check your luggage all the way through to your destination upon making your way to the Flemish Renaissance-style Dunedin Railway station, and get aboard for the 9:30am departure of your train for a scenic ride through the stunning landscape of the Taieri Gorge.

The Taieri Gorge railway ride is one of the world’s great train trips, offering panoramic vistas into an off-the-beaten part of New Zealand filled with history and ever-changing scenery. The train nimbly navigates through narrow tunnels and negotiates sharp curves as it crosses steep ravines across tall viaducts, and slows down through certain points to let you capture memories that will remain with you for years to come.

Your motor coach will be there to meet you to bring you to your next destination as you reach the train stop at Pukerangi (or Middlemarch if it’s Friday or Sunday). You will then travel through Maniototo, another timeless region of New Zealand unique to this part of the country that looks straight out of a painting. Leaving Maniototo, your coach then travels through Clyde and Cromwell as it makes its way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

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