Taieri Gorge Railway
Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Square, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Photo by Holger Leue/age fotostock
Taieri Gorge RailwayDeparting from Dunedin's glorious bluestone-and-stained-glass railway station—built between 1903 and 1906—the Taieri Gorge Railway negotiates tunnels, wends through river gorges, and traverses heritage viaducts across deep and rugged ravines. Round-trips to and from the sleepy village of Pukerangi take around four hours, and if you're planning on embarking on the cycling adventure of the Otago Central Rail Trail, some trains continue a further two hours to the trailhead town of Middlemarch. Either way, try and sample a Taieri George beer at the Emerson's brewery in Dunedin. The honey-and-spice winter beer is crafted by proprietor Richard Emerson as a tribute to his late father, George, who was one of the founders of the railway.