Taieri Gorge by Train & Larnach Castle


Take a scenic and thrilling train trip through the remote mountain scenery of the Taieri River Gorge. Travel through an amazing variety of landscapes of the city, farmland, forests and the wild Taieri River Gorge. Heritage carriages dating back to the 1920s feature opening sash windows, wooden trim and/or modern panorama carriages with panoramic windows. The trains are pulled by classic 1960s DJ diesel electric locomotives. Cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts and bridges, and gasp at the sheer drops to the river below. Plunge into ten tunnels with the schist rock walls only inches from the side of the train. The track glides across awesome Wingatui Viaduct, a marvel of 1880’s construction that remains New Zealand’s largest wrought iron structure. Learn the lore of the central Otago region, from its colourful gold rush days to the emergence of the train as a modern-day tourist excursion. Disembark at historic Dunedin Railway Station for a scenic drive to magnificent Larnach Castle. New Zealand’s only castle, built in 1871 took over 200 workmen three years to build the Castle shell, while master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior. Complete with a 914 m2 ballroom, and 35 acres of gardens and grounds, this stunning home evokes the elegant lifestyle of Dunedin’s elite.
  • Location

    Dunedin (Port Chalmers)

  • Tour Code

    PC3135

  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $299.99
    Children (12 & under) from $249.99

  • Lunch included!

Photography

Photo opportunities abound!

Refreshments

Enjoy morning tea and a light picnic lunch

Special Notes

Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water Larnach Castle is not wheelchair accessible Photography is not permitted inside Larnach Castle
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