|Mary at Dunedin Railway Station|
I love to do things spontaneously when I'm travelling...not having too much planned...seizing opportunities. It all adds to the spice and excitement of travel. And so it was that when I was in Dunedin recently with my sister-in-law and we spotted a half day train trip through the Taieri Gorge we said, almost in unison, "Let's do it!"
The Taieri Gorge Railway leaves from the stunning, much photographed and admired, Edwardian, Dunedin railway station, complete with Royal Doulton mosaic tile floors, and runs through central Otago to Pukerangi. A couple of days a week the train goes a bit further on to Middlemarch but our trip was to Pukerangi and back, a distance of around 58km each way.
|Crossing the Taieri Plain|
|Hillsides dotted with sheep|
|The tracks cling to the hillside and follow the river|
|The Christmas Creek Viaduct. So named because gold was discovered here|
on Christmas Day 1863
|Here I am at the tiny Hindon Railway Station|
|The old station master's house|
|A typical view on the journey|
|The glorious Central Otrago landscape at Pukerangi|