Taieri Gorge Railway Tours

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Taieri Gorge Railway isn't just a way of getting from Dunedin to Pukerangi. It’s an experience in itself. The train travels through the Central Otago landscape of hills and gorges, pastureland and forests. It follows part of the route of the historic Otago Central Railway, constructed in the late 19th century during Otago’s Gold Rush.
 
The Basics
The Taieri Gorge Railway is a scenic way to travel to Pukerangi and Middlemarch in Central Otago, or return to Dunedin on the same day for a relaxing and interesting day out. Along the way, hear live commentary narrating the history of the area, including exciting stories from the Otago Gold Rush. The observation carriage allows for the best views—just keep your arms in as you pass through tunnels that were built by hand more than 100 years ago.
 
Visitors can enjoy a ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway on its own or as part of a day of sightseeing in and around Dunedin. Combined day trips often include a tour of Dunedin city or a trip to spot wildlife out on the Otago Peninsula.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The railway travels 72 miles (116 kilometers).
  • Trains have a dining cart on board, and you can even order a packed picnic box (or bring your own).
  • The railway links up with the Otago Rail Trail cycle route through Central Otago, and it’s possible to take your bike on the train for a small fee.
  • A mixture of modern and “heritage” carriages are available on board. State your preference when booking.
 
How to Get There
The Taieri Gorge Railway leaves from the Dunedin Railway Station, in central Dunedin. It’s a short walk from the Octagon.
 
When to Get There
In the summer (October to April), there are two trains daily, at 9:30am and 2:30pm from Dunedin. They run every day of the year, except Christmas Day. In the winter (May to October), there is just one train per day, leaving Dunedin at 12:30pm from Monday to Saturday, and 9:30am on Sundays. In both seasons, trains terminate at Pukerangi from Monday to Saturday and continue to Middlemarch on Sundays.
 
Travel New Zealand by Train
The Taieri Gorge Railway is one scenic train journey in New Zealand, but it’s far from the only one. You can travel quite extensively around New Zealand by train. The Coastal Pacific train travels from Picton to Christchurch, the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth, and the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland.
Location
Address: 22 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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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.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$122.80 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$122.80 USD

Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin

Take a scenic round-trip through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island on this 4-hour Taieri Gorge railway journey from Dunedin. Depart from downtown Dunedin’s attractive railway station and head deep into the Taieri Gorge by train. Gaze out over ever-changing corners of the New Zealand countryside inaccessible by road. With informative and entertaining live commentary on board, gain insight into the railway’s construction and the challenges faced by the engineers. Enjoy sightseeing stops on route and discover top attractions around Dunedin.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$73.68 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$73.68 USD

Full-Day Ships Shore Excursions from Dunedin

Make the most of your time at port in Dunedin with one of these customizable Dunedin shore excursions. Get your bearings at your own pace with a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour, or choose between outings to Larnach Castle and Gardens and the magnificent Taieri Gorge Railway. If desired, the shore excursions can be combined with some of Dunedin’s top sites, including Cadbury World Dunedin, Speight’s Brewery, or the Olveston Historic Home. All shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$31.58 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Ride the Taieri Gorge Railway on a 4-hour round-trip route from Dunedin to Pukerangi, and take a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan in the afternoon. The train steams through vivid South Island landscapes including the Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, stopping en route for photo ops plus a leg stretch in Pukerangi. Then dig your toes in the sand at Otago’s gorgeous beaches and keep a lookout for oceanic wildlife. Upgrade to include a gourmet boxed lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$139.64 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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The Seasider

The Seasider is a scenic railway route between Dunedin and Waitati, affording spectacular views along the Pacific coast. On this tour, enjoy a hassle-free experience with prepaid tickets and soak up the scenery on-board the 90-minute round-trip train ride. Along the way, admire views of the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Port Chalmers, Careys Bay, and Blueskin Bay.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$42.10 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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