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The Santa Express - Sunday 19 December 2021

Dunedin Railways Presents

The Santa Express - Sunday 19 December 2021

10:00am, Sun 19 December, 2021

Event Details


Everyone is encouraged to wear PJs (just like the characters from the Polar Express!) and join us for a magical Christmas experience, with a themed journey to get you in the festive spirit.


Departing at 10am from the Dunedin Railway Station, expect a full morning of yuletide joy, entertainment and treats including an appearance by a very special guest.


The Santa Express will run between Dunedin and Hindon. This return 3 ½ hour trip is an iconic scenic journey, travelling towards Central Otago with picturesque landscapes of hills and gorges, bridges and tunnels, pastureland and forests. It follows part of the route of the historic Otago Central Railway, constructed during Otago's Gold Rush. Make your experience even more special by booking a full Business or Private Carriage with food and beverage service, see below for booking details.


Business & Private Carriage Booking

To book your own private carriage including food & beverage service please contact our team on info@dunedinrailways.co.nz or phone +642 2436 9074


Food and Beverage

Drinks and food are available for purchase from the on-board Café. The menu can be viewed here.


Covid-19 Requirements

Dunedin Railways complies with all Government requirements regarding the New Zealand COVID-19 Protection Framework at the time of the event.


Group Bookings

To make a booking for more than 10 guests, please contact our team on info@dunedinrailways.co.nz or phone +642 2436 9074


Additional information

For more information on both train excursions please see our Frequently Asked Questions page and the Trains Not Planes website. Terms & Conditions apply. Please note that all seating is General Admission.