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The Seasider

32 reviews
About The Seasider
The Seasider is a fantastic additional trip to the Taieri Gorge Railway tour experience. Running in summer, this trip has an option of either a 90 minute trip to Waitati or a four hour trip to the busy highway town of Palmerston. Both choices offer fantastic views over Otago Harbour and the wild coastline. The Seasider is considered a "must-do" railway trip in New Zealand, not just for train enthusiasts, and is a brilliant, qualmark endorsed all weather entertainment option. Enjoyable fun for the whole family. Check out our other awesome train journey - Taieri Gorge Railway.
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a comfortable trip for the first half and the sandwiches and tea were good but at the half way point you had to change seats so there was not much of a view on the way back. I don’t think it was worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Passenger48974
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

When visiting Dunedin's Railway Station to view an art exhibition, we noticed information regarding a train trip on the Seasider- Dunedin-Oamaru return. As this is a twice a year excursion, we booked for the coming trip. The scenery is spectacular and so much more can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 76janne
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Took the Seasider train trip to Waitati to view the beautiful coastal scenery of Otago harbour. The return train trip takes 90 minutes. The scenery is well worth taking in. Cost $120 for two Adults return which isn't the cheapest excursion but was enjoyable. Guided...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank karencookson
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

This is the name for a train trip by the Dunedin railways. We did the 90 minutes version to Waitati and back. You do see some wildlife and impressive scenery.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Paul A
Reviewed 18 January 2018

We took the Waitati Seasider rail journey which is about a 90 minute return journey and which takes you from Dunedin to Waitati and back. We arrived in Dunedin by cruise ship and the shuttle bus from the port follows a coastal road into Dunedin...More

Date of experience: January 2018
5  Thank PAJamesy
Reviewed 19 December 2017

This was a spur of the moment decision for us and we were not disappointed. While the view of the sea is blocked from time to time by the vegetation, any gardener or plant enthusiast will enjoy the lush forests and vegetation. When the vistas...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Brian S
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Train travel is usually expensive on tourist tracks, so we considered the $50 ticket for a 90 minute ride quite reasonable. (A lot less than the rates charged for people booking via cruise ship companies!) The train runs two or three times a day during...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank nocatnow
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We went on the Oamaru Seasider train, 7 hours return. It was well worth the money, we were a bit disappointed at first that due to technical difficulties, the Silver Fern engine was not available and we had to go with diesel engines, BUT in...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Sparky236
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We took the Waitati Seasider, this is the shortest of the seasider journeys. If you only have a few days in Dunedin you will not have much choice as the seasider travels the various routes on specific days/dates - not every day. That said we...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Janine B
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We loved this train trip. It was very scenic and we loved our short visit to the town of Oamaru. My only complaint is that I would have liked the train to stop for longer in Oamaru, eg 2 hours. Despite that the trip exceeded...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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