Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world's great train trips and an experience you should not miss. Operated by Dunedin Railways , this is a memorable experience that both adults and children will love, so step aboard and catapult yourself back in time to Otago's pioneering days.
The train departs from the fabulous Dunedin Railway Station - rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand and one that you should explore before your adventure begins on board the train. Once on board you will travel through the Southern end of the city before arriving at the railway junction of Wingatui where the train turns off and begins its meandering trip into the Taieri Gorge. This railway is part of the old Otago Central Railway which extended out as far as Cromwell and was built between the years 1879 and 1921 - it is steeped in history and this is part of the tale told in an entertaining and informative commentary delivered by the on board train manager.
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 the on board cafe.
The train runs daily to Pukerangi - a peaceful outcrop at the end of the Taieri Gorge. Twice a week in summer and once a week in winter the train extends its journey to the very end of the railway line which is now Middlemarch, a lovely example of a country railway town and the beginning of the Otago Central Rail Trail (but that is a whole other story)