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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Good tour , enjoyed the train ride and loved our tour of the city .

Penelope L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing. Crew aboard the train were fantastic and added to the experience.

Karen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a great day ,the train trip was amazing with great views and history had the best sausage roll ever in the snack bar on train


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great trip fantastic views very well organised loved every minute well worth doing

Keith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful day, everything ran like clockwork, such an added thrill to have the city sights added to the rail journey. So much more for so much less as offered by the Ship.

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The excursion was great. Our ship arrived in port late so we were bused to the top of the gorge which added another dimension to the trip. The staff were great and very informative as to what we were seeing. The city tour was likewise very interesting and provided great insight into the early days and what has occurred since. It was a lot better than many of the tours run by the cruise company if for no other reason than there were fewer people and you received more personalized attention.

Claude I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The highlight of the day was the Taieri Gorge Railway which started from the picturesque train station--notice the tiled floor in the lobby. Although the restored antique cars were perfectly comfortable, we stood most of the trip outside on the platform between cars to get the most of the terrific views. On the recommendation of a local we went to the Ironic Café just across from the train station for lunch. The seafood chowder was sensational--best we've ever had. The 2-hour city tour was sort of anti-climactic after that, but Dunedin is a pretty town and I would love to go back. Didn't even have time to go to the Cadbury factory right down town. Man!!

Albert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A fantastic tour! The Taieri Gorge is a fabulous place.
Our tour guide around Dunedin has an infectious affection for Dunedin, a great young fellow.

Kenneth J P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our cruise ship arrived too late to catch the train, but our bus driver said that was a good thing. He was right because the bus trip to the train turn-around at Pukerangi afforded wonderful views of the countryside that we would not have seen had we taken the train up the gorge and back. The train ride back to Dunedin gave us plenty of opportunity to experience the Taieri River gorge.

Keith E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent the Taieri Gorge Railway tour is well worth it with some excellent views. The station at Dunedin is spectacular too

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