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The Seasider

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Anzac Square, Dunedin, New Zealand
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A train trip

This is the name for a train trip by the Dunedin railways. We did the 90 minutes version to... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Paul A
via mobile
Not recommended for cruise travellers

We took the Waitati Seasider rail journey which is about a 90 minute return journey and which takes... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2018
PAJamesy
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Robina, Australia
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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.
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Anzac Square, Dunedin, New Zealand

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Reviewed 11 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.

Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 19 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

Thank PAJamesy
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Reviewed 20 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

Thank Brian S
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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

Thank nocatnow
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Reviewed 20 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

Thank Sparky236
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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

Thank Janine B
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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

1  Thank RobbyPin
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I love train travel. I Enjoyed it and disliked it at the same time. My joy came at sitting with the driver amd my son in the cab which is rare theses days. However the trip is pointless if you are driving around NZ you...More

Thank Nathan W
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

It was a good trip with a lot of obstructed views. As the trees have grown now you can not see a lot of the trip; this was so disappointing because they advertise that you will see the sea side, you only now have glimpse...More

1  Thank Margaret D
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Reviewed 15 April 2016

As a Dunedinite I already knew what I would see on this Railcar day trip to Oamaru. However, the clear sunny day gave me amazing sea views from a different angle than from the road. The views of the Otago Peninsula, of Otago Harbour and...More

Thank Alys847
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DunedinRailways, Public Relations Manager at The Seasider, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2016

Hello and thanks so much for your rating and review. We are really pleased to see you enjoyed your trip with us and also had a nice time in Oamaru. Oamaru really is a fantastic place to visit - especially the heritage area of the...More

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