• Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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 February 2018

Great tour. Bus comfortable, lunch was very good, service great. The knowledge and caliber of tour guides exceptional. The hot spring baths are an experience in itself. Enjoyed the day immensely.

Micheline C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The scenery from the train of the Taieri Gorge were breath taking. A bus picked us up at the cruise ship terminal and brought us to the railway station where we received our tickets and seating assignment. The architecture of the railway station building is beautiful, a sight in and of itself. After the train returned from the gorge, we boarded a bus to see the sights in Dunedin. The history of the city and the architecture was explained by our guide, very interesting. The Taieri Gorge railroad experience is a must see for people visiting Dunedin.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our ship was late into port, so we missed the train going up the Gorge, which departs at exactly 9:30AM. Instead, Bill, our driver guide, drove us through the beautiful countryside to the upper train stop. He was very interesting, knowledgeable, and personable and we actually had the best of both as the train takes the same route up and back. The train is a vintage train, and the scenery is absolutely stunning. The flowers were all in bloom and the gorge is really interesting. We had a little time to explore the rail station and the town, which is gorgeous, then had a nice drive through the town and neighborhoods. We really enjoyed our day in Dunedin and the Gorge!

Elizabeth Lynette J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was one of the highlights of our cruise. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Driver Bill was very informative. Got to see a lot of sights around the City of Dunedin and learned lots. After the tour around the city, we were taken out to the Pukerangi Station, a very small station where we boarded the train to start out the railway tour along the Taieri Gorge. The train was a historical wooden train. Found our seat and was then we could buy lunch on the train. Bought lunch and then returned to our seat for relaxing and enjoyable ride or you could stand outside to take pictures of the Taieri Gorge. Loved the travel on the train and the sights were spectacular. It was nice to have the conductor describe the scenery and kept the passengers informed as we pass through the tunnels and other scenery as we travelled along the magnificent view along the Taieri Gorge. The train ride was also relaxing as it travelled on the tracks back to the Dunedin Railway Station for the four hour ride. Upon arrival back at the Station, we had some time before the Driver arrived we took the opportunity to take photos of the picturesque station and take a look at the souvenirs located in the office. Before heading back to the ship, we had a quick stopover at the Otago University. Got out of the coach and took a few pictures of the main town hall building and other building that was there on the way back to the coach.
I would highly recommend this City and RailwayTour.

David L L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Up and down the same gorge, so what you missed going up you can catch going down. Saw too many sheep to count and the clear cutting they do when logging. Lunch is available on the train. Gorge is very picturesque.

Michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great day. excellent views, train ride was great and dunedin is a beautiful place. fully recommend all to see

dianneshodgson Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The rail journey was worth doing as the scenery was breathtaking. I also enjoyed the tour of Dunedin. Worth doing.

thomas m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great excursion .......... and better offer than the cruiseline.

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