Q: What day does the train run?
A: Everyday of
the year with limited seats on Christmas day. On most days between 26
December and the end of March we run twice a day!
the train go in Winter?
A: Yes, everyday.
Q: How long is the trip?
A: The standard
trip to Pukerangi is four hours return and the longer trip
to Middlemarch is five hours and 55 minutes.
Q: Is it essential
to make a booking?
A: For the busy
months October through to the end of April we recommend
doing so at least 1 or 2 days in advance. However you can
book by email or phone as far ahead as you wish. For the
quieter months - May through to the end of September a
day in advance would be sufficient.
Q: Does the weather
affect the train trip or the scenery
A: No. The trip
is good in ALL weather. In fact its one Dunedin's best
'all weather trips'. We have heaters in each carriage for
when the weather is cool.
Q: Do I have to come to Dunedin
Railway station to get on the train?
A: No, you can
also get on at Wingatui which is near Mosgiel, or if you
have just finished the rail trail you can get on the train
at either Middlemarch or Pukerangi.
Q: Is there carparking
at the station?
A: Yes, there are
two large pay and display carparks at each end of the
Q: Do you do pick ups for the return
you need to make your own way to the station.
Q: What do
A: We would recommend something comfortable
with flat shoes as you get the chance to get off the
train. Bring something warm along in winter.
Q: Is it suitable
Q: Does the train have
A: Yes, there is one in most
Q: Is the train heated?
Q: Are the carriages enclosed?
Q: I get sick if I travel backwards
- do you have a seat suitable?
A: Absolutely! I would recommend one
of our heritage carriages which has seating that will flip
over to face the direction of travel.
Q: Can I get a window
A: Yes, you will have at least
one window seat per couple.
Q: What type of carriages do
A: We have two types.
Most of our carriages are the heritage carriages built
1915-1920s. These are fully restored and have padded
comfortable seats, most of which flip over to face the
direction of travel. They are warm and full of character.
The others are more modern. Built in the 1990s they feature
large windows, seating fixed around tables and air-conditioning.
These are better suited to big groups of people.
I get food on the train?
A: Yes, we have a snack
bar carriage which sells a range of cafe style food.
Is it a return trip?
Q: Do I come back by train or coach?
A: Both ways by train
Q: I would like
to carry onto Queenstown - can I do this?
Yes, this is called the Track and Trail tour. A coach
connects with the train at Pukerangi and carries onto Queenstown.
This tour can be done in both directions. A courtesy
pick up and drop off service is available in both Dunedin
and Queenstown (centrally located accommodation only).
Does the train stop for photos?
A: Yes, depending on
weather and other conditions the train will make one
to three photo stops.
Q: What is there to do in Pukerangi?
Can I go shopping?
There are no shops or activities in Pukerangi. It is
a very small rural settlement.
Q: What is there to do in
A: There is a tour
you can do around the Middlemarch area. You can find
more information on this on the day. Train staff will have
information on this. Whilst in Middlemarch you may wish
to look at the craft shop, go to the museum, have a drink
at the local pub, purchase an ice cream at the local dairy
or go to the Kissing Gate Cafe for a latte or simply show
yourself around the town.
Q: Can I purchase souvenirs?
A: Yes, we have a crew member
who will come to your seat!