Along the Away

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Have I mentioned before how much I love being in transit? It’s always one of the best parts of travelling for me. The practice of travelling somewhere is equal in anticipation to actually arriving somewhere in my mind. Not only do I enjoy the carved out pocket of time where I can just be where I am and that is enough, but I love all modes of transport where I can look out a window and let the world pass me by. Or stand between train carriages and have my hair blown wildly around as I hang on and enjoy the biting wind on my cheeks and the fresh air filling every breath. Not on a Sydney train of course – I’m talking about scenic railways such as the Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin!

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

I read about the railway in a brochure I picked up in the Visitor Centre and knew straightaway I was going to get myself on that train. I went down to the Dunedin Railway Station – quite a nice building in its own right – and booked onto the return journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi for the next day. It was less than $100 and I had no problem booking on with such late notice. The journey covers 112km in a four hour trip which includes several stops to stretch our legs and most importantly – enjoy the view!

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

I rocked up with time to spare in the morning, had a poke around the station and hopped on the train when the whistle was blown. I found my carriage and settled in. There is a food and drink carriage on board and I also came prepared with my chocolate stash from the Cadbury World factory tour. I was all set – all aboard, let’s go!

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

After traveling out of Dunedin the train heads south where it turns at Wingatui Junction onto the Taieri branch.

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

The train travels across the Taieri Plains and into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out by the ancient Taieri River.

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

We were free to stand on the platforms between the carriages to enjoy the thrill of the ride and snap photos as the front of the train leads the way, curving around the mountain and offering snap-worthy shots every minute.

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

We chugged along through ten tunnels and bridges galore – picturesque at every turn.

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

Towards Pukerangi one of the train drivers tapped me on the shoulder and jerked his head to the back of the train. “Go stand on the back platform in five minutes, you’ll get the most breathtaking view as the train heads over the bridge.

I didn’t need to be told twice! Down I headed and I spent twenty minutes out the back snapping pics and leaning into the wind.

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

My eyes were streaming and my hair was a-crazy, but I had a big smile on my face. It was amazing!

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

The tunnels were also fun – though I held on tight to my camera and kept all limbs rigid as a board by my side!!!

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

When we got to Pukerangi we stopped for awhile and waited for people who were boarding; then we headed back the way we came :-)

Taieri Gorge Railway - Along the Away

We travelled back the same way, which was A-OK seeing as once was not enough. What a wonderful half day adventure :-)

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Sydney based, coastal dwelling. When I'm not at work I'm somewhere outdoors, or in the yoga studio, or at my local cafe, or pottering at home.

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  • http://lgvblogs.wordpress.com/ Lakshmi Rajagopalan

    WOW…..it felt like I was on this train with you :) and could feel the breeze

    • http://www.alongtheaway.com Donna

      The scenery is so vivid – even I can relive the magic through the photos!

  • https://letmebefreeblog.wordpress.com/ Let me be Free

    I love the train trips in NZ, the country side is amazing