New Farm Park, Brisbane

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

TERRIFIC TAIERI GORGE TRAIN TRIP

One of the ways I convinced Bill to travel to New Zealand was the promise of some train trips. We did the TranzAlpine first and later we did the Taieri Gorge. The gorge follows the Teieri River up into the mountains from Dunedin to Pukerangi. As with most tourist train trips the original railway was constructed to open up gold fields.
 We arrived at the beautiful Dunedin Railway Station in plenty of time.

This train is off to the docks to pick up loads of cruise ship passengers,
who will then return here to board our train.


It wasn't long before we were climbing into the mountains.

We went over many trestle Bridges and through many tunnels.

We had to squash onto the the little verandas at the ends of the carriages to take photos or in Bills case movies.

Sometimes we ran alongside the river.
The reflections were beautiful.
The weather just managed to stay fine but not sunny.
We reached Pukerangi after two hours. There was an interesting little market there but Bill was more interested in watching the engine being moved from the end of the train to the front now that we were going back to Dunedin. We really enjoyed this historic and scenic trip.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful scenery and you both look very happy and content.

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  2. Looks good - thats another place added to the NZ file!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  3. Train trips are not good for us. I love them but N is very tall and even first class is a tight squeeze for him. Love the station and the scenery is great. Have a good day t'other Diane

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  4. The trip sounds like it is well worth making. You must have been nice and early at Dunedin Station, but then you did have photos to take.

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful trip ! gorgeous landscapes ! Never thought that New Zealand was so beautiful !

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  6. Train trips are so fun, you see a lot and always have company with other passengers. Our last one was in Norway along the waterfalls.

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  7. Hello, what a fun train trip! The scenery is gorgeous. I love the views of the river and mountains. The Railway station is gorgeous. Great collection of photos! Have a happy day!

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  8. Now that's a train I would love to take a trip on. Fantastic scenery and always so nice to see you and Bill :)

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  9. The inside of the train caught my eye, all the beautiful wood. I remember traveling on some of those in Europe many years ago -- although they were rather tired and worn, not all spruced up like this one. Incredible scenery and by Bill's smile, I would say this is his favorite part of the trip so far!

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  10. i would be with bill wathcing the train. i love trains and riding on them. this one has an extra advantage over the rocking coaches and clacking wheels of a view to die for. i absolutely love that first pic of the train station. i would have loved this trip... of course i would have to close my eyes when we went over that trestle..

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  11. What a lovely trip and such beautiful scenery. I wondered if you stood on the veranda of another carriage to photograph Bill making movies?

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  12. That's beautiful scenery you passed through. The wooden interior of the train looked interesting.

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  13. I am envious! That train ride looks so fun! 😀

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  14. I would love to take more train rides while on holiday at different places but Tim isn't interested which annoys me.

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  15. Oh that looks like a lovely train trip and you both look so happy. We must do that one one day

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  16. What a great train trip! Thanks for taking us along.

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  17. I have just gone back and read all your posts about your New Zealand adventures. I've remembered seeing some of the same scenes and wished I had seen others. What a truly enchanting country it is, we loved every minute of our 18 months there and I wish I could go back and do it all over again!!! Great photos!

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  18. I really enjoyed going along on that ride with you. Bill sure looks like he enjoyed every minute!

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