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  • Location:Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

Board the Taieri Gorge Railway for a legendary trip on this train-lover’s shore excursion from Dunedin, which includes a 2-hour sightseeing tour by coach. You’ll journey by rail through stunning scenery surrounding the Taieri River, passing over century-old viaducts. Then see Otago University, the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, stately homes and other historical sites of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula before you’re returned to the Dunedin port.


  • Taieri Gorge Railway tour and city sightseeing combo shore excursion
  • Journey through magnificent scenery on a train trip along the Taieri River Gorge
  • See Otago University, the Botanical Gardens, stately homes and other historic buildings, Baldwin Street (the worlds steepest street) St Clair beach & Esplanade, Otago Peninsula & Harbour views.
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

Taieri Gorge Railway Tour

After pickup from the Dunedin port, you’re transferred to the Dunedin Railway Station for your 4-hour Taieri Gorge Railway journey to Pukerangi. Admire the gingerbread style of the station, built in 1906, and get settled comfortably in a historical wooden train carriage.

New Zealand’s longest tourist railway, the Taieri Gorge Railway covers a distance of 28 miles (45 km), following the course of the Taieri River. As the train hugs the steep-walled Taieri Gorge and crosses wrought-iron viaducts of a bygone era, soak up the panoramic views. You’ll pass through nearly one dozen tunnels and stop several times for photo ops of the magnificent landscape.

Have a lunch break in Dunedin (own expense) before your 2-hour city sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Take a seat aboard the coach and learn about Dunedin’s history as you hear insightful commentary about the hilly city and its volcanic bay from the knowledgeable guide.

Discover New Zealand’s first university — Otago University — as well as 19th-century buildings including ornate homes, churches, theaters, banks and the town hall. Enjoy views of the Otago Peninsula, drive along Baldwin Street, admire the tree-lined landscape at the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and see St Clair Beach and Esplanade before drop-off at the Dunedin port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Dunedin port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Customer Reviews

Geoffrey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great tour, which we highly recommend and at half the price the ship charged,so great value for money

Darrell T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour at half the price of that offered by our ship. We missed the train at Dunedin station , but were bussed through wonderful scenery to a train station in the mountains and had a great run back into Dunedin. Can recommend a pie on the train washed down with an 1812 beer. City tour most informative.

Jillian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Train journey a must see.
Knowledgable driver for city tour.
Well done and far better value than ship tour.

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour, in a beautiful place to see. Dunedin was one of my favorite places in New Zealand! We missed the train thought but saw wonderful countryside on the way to catch-up.....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely first class. We where on a cruise and we opted to take this tour as opposed to a similar tour offered by the cruise line. The cruise tour would have cost us twice the amount for basically the same tour visiting the same places.

Michelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Scenery was spectacular. Commentary was very helpful. The bus tour around some of Dunedin's sites was very informative. Would highly recommend.

Delphine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a fantastic day on the train journey. Took many pictures and met some interesting people. The train was comfortable and the hot pie for lunch was great. The tour of Dunedin was special. Our driver was very informative and gave us photo times.

Jay b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our Host was fantastic with his local knowledge


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The gorge train trip was excellent, the tour leader on the train was funny and informative. The Dunedin tour was also interesting, however there was probably a little too much emphasis on the student accommodation side to Dunedin

Rollin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent only way to describe this tour. Seeing the scenery on the train tour is a must to appreciating the beauty of New Zealand.

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