Regular train service south of Christchurch stopped around ten years ago, but with the popularity of the two special trains that have run this summer between Dunedin and Oamaru, it seems that they may soon be returning.
The Taieri Gorge Railway, which normally runs trains from Dunedin’s railway station up the scenic Taieri Gorge, ran a special tourist train to Oamaru in December that quickly sold out; a second running this past weekend also sold out, as did three quick Oamaru-to-Maheno 45-minute trips that they put on for Oamaru people interested in experiencing rail travel.
The visitors from Dunedin arrived in the late morning with plenty of time in Oamaru to explore the farmers’ market, the numerous shops in the historic precinct and beyond, and the town’s many eateries before returning to Dunedin in the afternoon. Between the beautiful weather, the warm welcome by the people of Oamaru and the wonderful attractions for people to enjoy, the day was deemed a huge success by all concerned, so much so that there are now plans afoot to make the trip a daily occurrence. If you’re interested in taking this trip while in the area, contact the Taieri Gorge Railway directly.