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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.
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.
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!
This was one of the highlights of our cruise. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous!
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.
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.
Great day. excellent views, train ride was great and dunedin is a beautiful place. fully recommend all to see
The rail journey was worth doing as the scenery was breathtaking. I also enjoyed the tour of Dunedin. Worth doing.
Great excursion .......... and better offer than the cruiseline.
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