Event: Taieri Gorge Rail Walk
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.