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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English


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.
  • Full-day excursion with Taieri Gorge Railway journey and sightseeing in the Otago Peninsula, from Dunedin
  • Travel aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway for spectacular mountain scenery of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Admire the Renaissance Revival architecture of Dunedin Railway Station
  • Stroll along the sandy beaches of the Otago Peninsula during your afternoon tour
  • Pickup and drop-off available from Dunedin hotels or Port Chalmers cruise port
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people ensures customized attention from your guide
After hotel or cruise port pickup in Dunedin, you’re transferred to the Dunedin Railway Station. Before your train departs, you have approx. 30 minutes to meander the 19th-century train station whose exquisite Renaissance revival style was designed by the architect known as ‘Gingerbread George.’
Ticket in hand, board the Taieri Gorge Railway and take a comfortable seat in a heated carriage that is equipped with sizable windows and restrooms. En route to Pukerangi, the train motors along the Taieri Plains, crossing over bridges and viaducts that span canyons such as Taieri Gorge, then curves around mountains, slowing down at scenic locales for a better glimpse of the South Island’s rugged wilderness.
Throughout the 4-hour round-trip excursion, listen to informative commentary about the historical and natural features of the region. Visit the open-air platform cars for unobstructed views, and stretch your legs at a stop or two. Enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch (if option selected), or purchase your own sandwiches, snacks and beverages at the onboard cafe.
Once your train reaches its destination, take about 15 minutes to wander around while the engine is switched for the return journey to Dunedin, where your guide awaits.
On arrival, hop aboard your minivan for a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula, including visits to several spectacular beaches where you can stroll the shoreline in search of penguins and other New Zealand wildlife before returning to your Dunedin hotel or cruise port in the late afternoon.


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, Feb 2018

Magnificent scenery.
Lunch provided, a small picnic box containing a soggy roll, piece of fruit and a cake of some sort was not worth the trouble to eat.

, Nov 2017

It would be unfair to say it was not good. As a tourist the area has so much to offer if its the great outdoors you enjoy, or in this case a trip on a train through a gorge. The train was basic and the Viator train ticket meant one of the less glamorous carriages with only one viewing platform in between the generator wagon and our carriage. The rear viewing platform was adjacent to the refreshments carriage therefore unavailable. this meant it was a little crowded at times on the one side that gave the best scenery and views. Luckily we had great company and it was a happy trip. The end of the line stop was not at a village but a clearing with a small number of locals selling their wares. not much on offer! Our guide was great though and we were taken on a great drive through the Dunedin/Otago area which was worth the price of the trip alone stopping off at relevant sites. The cool weather did not stop us visiting the beach and it was worth it. Beautiful bays. Gorgeous scenery. Lovely people. Looks nothing like Edinburgh but the area is very Scottish and a fond memory for us back in Scotland. So the train was OK and the minibus was ideal which meant the trip overall was good.

, Nov 2017

The train trip was fantastic. The Otago Peninsula trip was too short.

, Apr 2017

Great scenery from the train

, Mar 2017

Great trip.

, Mar 2017

This is a magnificently beautiful area - the terrain reminded us somewhat of Scotland. Gorge rail tour was great - the best view is from the right side of the train. We bought the lunch offered by the tour and it was good and very convenient others bought food on the train and that looked good, too. The peninsula tour was a great opportunity to see the scenery closer to the coast.

, Mar 2017

Enjoyable day.

, Mar 2017

We went into the new cruise terminal at this stop and after a little confusion found our tour. We got into our bus and were taken to the train station in Dunedin to get ready to board our trip up the Taieri Gorge. Fortunately the seats were assigned on the train so there was no scrambling for seats. We didn't order lunch but were able to pick something up to eat on the way. We had a very nice day so the trip up was quite fascinating. If we had to do it over again I would only ride one way as after you have seen one way that is all you really need. Upon our return to Dunedin we boarded a small bus and our guide took us around the Otago Peninsula. It was a beautiful area with its mountain and water. Another beautiful place to visit in New Zealand.

, Jan 2017

The train journey was somewhat boring, having the same view on the outward journey as on the return journey. The peninsula tour was limited, without even a glimpse of the castle and no penguins

, Jan 2017

Slightly over hyped in terms of the scenery you see but staff very enthusiastic, commentary good and buffet car well stocked. Good wet day activity.

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