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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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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was good. Got picked up from hotel as I was not on the cruise ship, and dropped off back in Dunedin afterwards so I could get full bus tour. Really nice day, and Dunedin us a really lovely station

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great value for money and excellent service. Very informative tour guide, with both historical and up to date information about the city and surrounds. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We booked this trip to do whilst we were on a cruise from Australia. The local tour company was the Good Company, and they were excellent. The train trip was great and then we had a 2 hour bus tour of Dunedin. The driver was fantastic, tour was great. Would highly recommend this trip, great value!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

On time picked at ship side, dropped of at train station on schedule and had enough time to get train ticket, picked up on time after the trip and had a nice sight seeing. Good deal. Cheaper and better than the cruise line excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fantastic tour, one of the best!! Very well organised. The scenery was just beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent. The scenery is beautiful!! The train was comfortable and warm, even the coffee was not too bad. Had a lovely day. Getting to and from the Cruise ship went effortlessly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Booked as a birthday treat, the views, commentary and buffet service on the train were great. Enjoyed the City coach tour too and the chance to buy some souvenirs.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very enjoyable way to experience the natural beauty of the area. Loved it. Well worth it.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We booked this trip to pick us up from our ship. The starting point was a few yards from the ship and we had an excellent tour at less than half the cost other people on the ship had paid for the ships tour. The big difference between the two tours is that the ships train is multiple carriages and they were served lunch but only had a 20 minute city tour. Our train was 4 carriages including a buffet car which served hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks and we had a 2 hour city tour after the train ride before being dropped back at the steps of the ship. Excellent trip worth every penny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Amazing the best trip highly recommend it to anyone

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