- 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
What You Can Expect
New Zealand’s longest tourist railway, the Taieri Gorge Railway takes you on a four-hour journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi, a distance of 28 miles (45 km). Traveling in a historic wooden train carriage, you’ll follow the course of the Taieri River, passing through almost a dozen tunnels and climbing the edge of the steep-sided Taieri Gorge.
You’ll also cross century-old wrought-iron viaducts with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, and enjoy several photo stops to capture the spectacular panoramas.
Returning to Dunedin, enjoy a stop for lunch (own expense) before joining a coach for a scenic two-hour city sightseeing tour at 2pm.
While listening to informative onboard commentary detailing the city’s history, travel past Otago University, New Zealand’s first university, and see how the scenically hilly city surrounds a volcanic bay, looking onto the Otago Peninsula. Plus, visit the world's steepest street!
Your sightseeing tour also takes in the city's neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theaters, imposing banks and other 19th-century buildings. Then admire the beautifully landscaped trees and plants of the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and the spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula & Harbour before being returned to 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.
We were picked up from the port on time. The train ride was spectacular and the tour round Dunedin was interesting. We were returned to the port in plenty of time to board before departure.
The trip was amazing. The staff at the train station and the bus/tour guide could not have been more helpful. We here amazed at how much trouble they went to in their endeavour to assist us and ensure that we were able to meet the bus to be part of the site seeing tour of Dunedin.
The only down side to the day was the fact that the train was over 30 minutes late leaving Dunedin and the train trip took another 30 minutes longer than scheduled.
This extra hour took up the 45 minutes gap that we should have had to get from the train station to the place where the bus trip was departing from.
The train staff rang ahead for us and the bus picked us up at the train station.
We felt very sorry for the other people on the bus who had a 20 minute delay while waiting for us to join them.
The bus driver was amazing and very knowledgeable of the city of Dunedin and we would recommend both parts of the tour.
Dunedin is a beautiful city.