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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating New Zealand; Taieri Gorge 1


A Layer of Clouds Beneath the Mountains

We’ll continue next week our traversal of Taieri Gorge. Until then, I’ll leave you with these Fun Photo Friday favorites:

Maniototo Grassland

River, Rock, and Railway Trestle

Taieri Gorge Railway

All Aboard!

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Traversing Taieri Gorge


Maniototo at Puderangi

Time to head back from the Maniototo plateau and plain, through the Taieri Gorge, for return to Dunedin. And on this return trip you’ll see much more of Taieri Gorge than on Monday’s article.

Taieri Gorge

The Taieri Gorge was formed by the Taieri River, a little of which you can see here:

Taieri River

Our ride was of course aboard the Taieri Gorge Limited, which is a line run by Dunedin Railways:

Dunedin Railways’ Taieri Gorge Limited

Along the way we had some fun crossing tall train trestles:

Taieri Gorge train trestle — one of several

Now let’s enjoy some of the views if this wondrous, rugged terrain:

Taieri Gorge

Taieri Gorge

Taieri Gorge

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi


Pukerangi Station panorama

In 2020 we returned to Dunedin, New Zealand aboard the Radiance of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean ship upon which we circumnavigated Australia. But since we’d already toured Dunedin’s city centre the previous year, this time we headed over the the railway station for a trip through Taieri Gorge aboard Dunedin Railways, formerly known as Taieri Gorge Railway. Today’s trip was on the Taieri Gorge Limited.

Taieri Gorge Limited

The full-length run to Middlemarch occurs once or twice a week, depending on the season. All other trips go to Pukerangi, a stop (hardly a “station”) the lies on the high Maniototo plain on the other side of Taieri Gorge itself. On this day we were taking the round trip to Pukerangi back to Dunedin.

Taieri Gorge rail map

Today you’ll see mostly Maniototo plain at Pukerangi, as the platform between cars was too packed to get photos on the way up. Instead, I concentrated on securing a place there for the trip back. What few photos I did manage to snag on the way up included these of Taieri Gorge, through which meanders the Taieri River:

Taieri Gorge rail trip

Taieri Gorge rail trip

Taieri Gorge rail trip

But nearly as impressive were the views atop the Maniototo plateau:

Maniototo plateau at Pukerrangi Station

Maniototo plateau at Pukerrangi Station

Maniototo plateau at Pukerrangi Station

 

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