Latest update regarding the Coastal Pacific


Work is continuing at pace on the reinstatement of the Main North Line following November’s Kaikoura earthquake. Parts of the line are open for freight goods and crews are working fast in both directions but higher safety standards and ongoing seismic events mean that passenger services will be delayed longer than freight. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Coastal Pacific will operate this summer season (September 2017-April 2018).

The Coastal Pacific will be back to service as early as possible for the 2018/2019 season and it is hoped the season will be extended if possible. This could mean an earlier start date than September 2018. We will continue to keep you updated as a return to service date becomes clearer. In the meantime we can book coach transportation for you between Picton and Christchurch.



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Taieri Gorge






About the journey

Welcome aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway

One of the world's great train trips - an experience not be missed.

Taieri Gorge Railway offers a scenic train trip into the spectacular Central Otago Hinterland and up the ruggest Otago Coast north of Dunedin.  The Taieri Gorge Railway offers unique and panoramic views over ever-changing scenery. There are opportunities for photos where the train either slows down or stops for you to disembark. There is a licenced Café and bar on board and live commentary on all trips. 

Dunedin to Middlemarch or vice versa One Way Journey

Dunedin - Middlemarch - Dunedin Return Journey

Twice a week in Summer (October to April) and once a week in Winter (May to September) the train extends its journey to the very end of the railway line to Middlemarch, a lovely example of a country railway town and the beginning of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Dunedin to Pukerangi or vice versa One Way Journey

Dunedin - Pukerangi - Dunedin Return Journey

The train runs daily to Pukerangi, a peaceful outcrop out the other side of the Taieri Gorge. If you are worried that you will not see all the scenery on this trip then don’t; this tour allows you see all the best bits the trip has to offer. This trip will take four hours and is our most popular tour!

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Track and Trail - Dunedin to Queenstown or vice versa One Way Journey

Upon making your way to the beautiful Dunedin ralway station you can check your luggage all the way though to your destination.  Your train departs at 9.30am for a ride through the incredible Taieri Gorge.

Sit back and relax as the train tootles merrily through this spectacular gorge and soak up the scenery and history of an incredible part of New Zealand. This is one of the world' great train trips and one you will remember for many years to come.

At the trains destination of Pukerangi (or on a Friday or Sunday it will be Middlemarch)  your motor coach will be there waiting eagerly for you to take you on to your next exciting destination. 

Climb aboard your coach and see a 'off the beaten track' part of New Zealand that is timeless. The Maniototo is a stunning landscape that appears to be straight from a painting and is unique to this area of the country.

Your coach then departs the Maniototo and travels through Clyde, Cromwell and onto Queenstown.