• Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 121.75 View price calendar

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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 April 2018

Train tour was great just very long....unfortunately the tour was cut short due to our train being delayed which cut our city tour.

Ken D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

great trip on the vintage train up a beautiful valley

Helen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Ship late arriving in Dunedin and by that time the train had departed. Not a problem the company Canterbury Leisure Tours had arranged a bus to take us up to where train turned around for return journey. It really was a better alternative and the route provided different scenery. Train ride back to Dunedin fantastic, cafe car provided good food, great day, well done to all involved.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What a fabulous ride on this beautiful train. We enjoyed every minute on this lovely heritage train throu the beautiful Taieri Gorge. And at half the price as the same trip offered by the cruise ship it was also great value for the money.

camellia p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

this tour was every thing a tour should be every turn of the tour was a special moment and very eductionial it was beautiful worth the money the special touches like the old fashion train the people dressed in the old times Ihighly recommend this tour

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

If you really want to get a true sense of the country take this tour. Well narrated, interesting city and country reflecting thousands of years of history.

Rose Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The guide was very knowledgeable of the local area it was a pleasure to have a very passionate person driving our bus. Had us at the train station tickets purchased and on the train ready to go. The train trip was spectacular and our group of 12 was very pleased the trip was a little late on returning to the station but off we set and we had a tour of the town centre and time for shopping to buy souvenirs. Then off for drive to see the sights as stated in the itinerary had an opportunity to stop and take photos out of the bus was exceptional great value. We arrived back at the port in plenty of time to board. Highly recommend this tour.

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

fantastic trip great train ride tour was very good value for money


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a great day out. The coach picked us up on time, with a very competent and helpful driver. The Taieri Gorge Railway was something we had been wanting to do for a long time and did not disappoint. Finished with an interesting tour of Dunedin and got us back to the ship in plenty of time to spare. Great value too, especially compared to the identical Cruise Line Shore Excursion.

Stephen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

great trip,exactly as described

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