Event: Taieri Gorge Rail Walk

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This years’ ex­tremely pop­u­lar rail walk is to be held on Sun­day 4th May.

The Lions Club of Dunedin South and Taieri Gorge Rail­ways Ltd con­tinue to work to­gether to raise funds for char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions. Last year’s re­cip­i­ent was St John.

They were able to pur­chase much needed spe­cialised equip­ment re­quired for train­ing younger St John mem­bers.

Dunedln Po­lice ‘Blue Light’ Ven­tures Inc are this year’s re­cip­i­ents of funds raised. Blue Light is a youth fo­cused Com­mu­nity Po­lice ini­tia­tive that pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment, sport­ing, cul­tural and so­cial events free of drugs and al­co­hol for young people.

Blue Light also en­cour­ages the in­volve­ment of par­ents, schools, com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers.

The train trip will take you through part of South Dunedin, Caver­sham and Green Is­land most people don’t get to see, then through a cou­ple of tun­nels on the way to Win­ga­tui. Here it will stop briefly to pick up more pas­sen­gers.

Af­ter cross­ing the farm­land of the Taieri Plains it will climb the wind­ing tracks above the Taieri River. There are five spec­tac­u­lar bridges to cross, three more tun­nels to dis­ap­pear into and mag­nif­i­cent views of what na­ture has cre­ated over mil­lions of years. If your eyes are sharp enough there is even the odd fault line to ob­serve!

The train stops at Flat Stream, the pas­sen­gers dis­em­bark and be­gin the 8 km (up to two hour) walk back to Deep Stream or Ma­chine Creek. At Hin­don at the end of the rail walk ev­ery­one can en­joy a sausage siz­zle. Yum!

The route is rel­a­tively flat and will ap­peal to most age groups. How­ever chil­dren are not en­cour­aged be­cause of the nar­row­ness of the rail­way cut­tings and steep fall off from the rail­way sleep­ers and bal­last. Should chil­dren at­tend, they must be su­per­vised by an ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult.

Mod­er­ate fit­ness is re­quired and strong footwear, prefer­ably boots, rec­om­mended. Bring wet weather gear, which can be left on the train if not re­quired. Bring a good torch for use in the tun­nels.

Tick­ets must be pur­chased prior to the day of the walk and will be avail­able from the Taieri Gorge Rail­way Ltd at the Dunedin Rail­way Sta­tion. The cost for the trip is $65.00 per per­son which in­cludes the BBQ sausages at the end of the walk. Food is avail­able for pur­chase from the Buf­fet car on the train.

Walk­ers are en­cour­aged to carry their own wa­ter and snacks whilst off the train.

The train will leave Dunedin Rail­way Sta­tion at 8.30 am and re­turn to Dunedin around 3pm.

Pho­tos on this page and op­po­site page show walk­ers and Lions mem­bers on pre­vi­ous Taieri Gorge Rail Walks.

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