TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY, DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND, Dunedin Overview

To have a broad and fulfilling tourist experience of the rich and vibrant landscape of New Zealand, the city of Dunedin invites you on for a train ride experience of the same through its special and exclusive Taieri Gorge Railway. The railway in the present time is a major attraction of tourists far and wide for its extensive touring through the very middle of lush green valley region, the rugged roads of Otago, its hinterland and through several tunnels and bridges including the famous Wingatui Viaduct.

Taieri Gorge Railway also makes the journey as comfortable as possible by offering a wide range of cuisines and snacks from its onboard cafe, an ambient train manager to let you in about the fascinating tales of New Zealand and local Dunedin history. The train takes you through some remote areas where you will find that cell-phone signals are cut. 

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Rail Route

  • Starting from Dunedin to Christchurch, the evolved and skilled railway engineering of New Zealand takes you through one of the most remote areas deep inside the lap of nature which was once inaccessible.
  • The remote areas promise to be the most exquisite ones since you are closest to the local fauna there. 
  • The seaside section of tours is specially curated and designed to take you to cliff tops and valleys overlooking the magnificent water bodies like the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay.
  • This tour package is highly recommended for tourists that plan to keep it limited to a day trip since the journey gets over in just 2 hours.

On-board Cafe

  • A licensed cafe offering you wide range delicacies ranging from elaborate national cuisines to local snacks, the cafe is worth the pay. You can pre-order your meals before the ride so your journey is hassle-free and fulfilling.

  • The meals come in curated packages of:
    • Picnic lunch
    • Deluxe picnic lunch
    • Asian inspired lunch box
    • Deluxe Asian style lunch

      The cafe service is also open to catering services in case you plan to charter one of the train for an event, personal and former.

History

The Otago Railway trailed from the South Island Main Trunk at Wingatui 12 kilometers south of Dunedin, through Middlemarch, Ranfurly, Omakau and Alexandra to Cromwell in the heart of Central Otago, 235 km from the Junction. 

This route was proposed with seven other and was chosen for it offered the widest coverage of the Crown Lands, had very less uneven terrain that might have caused hindrance to set up the rail tracks and was also the most direct route to Dunedin. 

By the late 29th century, when Otago became a key trade attraction during its Goldrush, the railways were primarily set for commercial purposess and transp[sorting of goods. It was only after several decades that the railways switched to cater to touring and public transport.

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