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After pulling slowly away from the station, the train weaves it’s way out of Dunedin, past Carisbrook Stadium and along the Main South Trunk line as far as Wingatui Junction. From there we switch tracks and start heading inland, rattling across the plains on the beginning of the Otago Central Railway.

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I’m fidgeting with excitement as I stand on the platform of the Dunedin Railway Station – I can’t remember the last time I was on a train, but it must have been years. It’s such a pity there aren’t more services – it’s such an elegant way to travel and you get to see bits of the country you otherwise wouldn’t. That is very much the case today – the train I’m impatiently waiting for is headed into one of Otago’s most dramatic landscapes – the Taieri Gorge.

Being a landscape fanatic, I have always heard the Gorge is amazing, but the road goes nowhere near it and it’s not the easiest terrain to walk over I would imagine. Far better to take the world-famous Taieri Gorge Railway and do it in style. My mate Dene’s parents are in town and they’ve got a free ticket, so it would be rude not to go…another reason I’m so hyperactive is it’s the first sunny weekend for about three months – cabin fever has well and truly set in and I’m itching to get out and take some photos…

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Middlemarch

One hour’s drive west of the city the open valley of the Strath Taieri awaits you– classic inland Otago country with one or two unexpected features amongst the thistley plains, one-street towns and massive skies.

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