• Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a full-day excursion that combines two South Isalnd highlights: a scenic round-trip ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway, and an afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula. The train steams from Dunedin to Pukerangi, passing through Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, and stopping en route for photo ops. Then dig your toes into the sand of Otago’s beaches and keep a lookout for marine wildlife.

Highlights

  • Full-day shore excursion with Taieri Gorge Railway and Otago Peninsula, from Dunedin
  • Take a 4-hour round-trip train ride from Dunedin to Pukerangi
  • See the rugged South Island mountains from the Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Walk along the beaches of the Otago Peninsula on a guided afternoon tour
  • Have the option to upgrade for a box lunch on the train

What You Can Expect

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

You will be picked up inside Port

After morning pickup at the cruise port in Dunedin, transfer to the Dunedin Railway Station, a 19th-century Renaissance revival-style building designed by an architect nicknamed ‘Gingerbread George.’

Have about 30 minutes free to see the historic station, then use the provided ticket to board the Taieri Gorge Railway. The train is equipped with heated carriages, large windows and restrooms, as well as open-air viewing platform cars. Chug along the Taieri Plains, crossing bridges and viaducts that span the Taieri Gorge and other scenic canyons. The train hugs the curves around the mountains and slows down at scenic viewpoints, providing great vantage points on the South Island’s rugged wilderness.

Hear informative commentary about the the region during the train ride, which takes two hours each way. You can upgrade to include a gourmet box lunch, or purchase refreshments at the onboard cafe. At the last station, you'll have about 15 minutes to check out Pukerangi before the return journey to Dunedin.

Upon you return to Dunedin, your guide meets you at the train station and takes you on your afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula. Make stops at several locations with sweeping views — photographers will love the postcard-perfect scenery. Visit beaches where you may glimpse whales, dolphins or some native New Zealand wildlife, then return to the cruise port in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

joools

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a great day on this trip would highly recommend. Our guide took us on a tour over looking Dudedin then to Baldwin street and to the train station where we boarded our train. The food on the train is reasonably priced the sandwiches the best I had tasted in a long time. When we arrived back to the station she was waiting and off we went for our tour out to the Otago peninsula. We went to a beach where there we four sea lions basking in the sun and also a blue penguin's nest. Saw lots of the area that I hadn't previously seen. Value for money.

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our Dunedin NZ excursion was wonderful. Theresa, our guide, knew everything about our surroundings and the sea birds in the shallow waters around Otago Peninsula. She took us to a beach on the Pacific where we waded and saw sea lions resting on the sand. The train ride over Taieri Gorge was beautiful with lots of photo ops. Definitely recommend this tour. It was a long day, but well worth it thanks to Theresa.

Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Wonderful day. Definitely should be on the 'must do' list. Drivers/Guides both very knowledgeable.

marykaysisson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I love Chris and Sharon. We (along with 4 other tour companies) missed the train in Dunedin. Sharon piled us all in the minivan and drove us through beautiful farm land and backcountry to meet the train at the turn around. I'm a wheelchair user, and they were graciously accommodating.

Danni

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Both my husband and I loved the train ride and the peninsula tour after, we just wish we had more time in Dunedin.

Margaret S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our scotsman driver was excellent and a lot of fun. He was extremely knowledgeable and had a pleasant and informative way of telling us about Dunedin and the surrounding country. The train trip was good but we wee a little disappointed with the countryside but realize the rain this year has been an issue and coming from oz I guess we think we are the only ones who suffer this trouble. The rest of the Otago Peninsula trip was beaut. I definitely would recommend this trip to any one travelling to Dunedin and expecially those with not a lot of time. regards

johnandcathusa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

THE BACK TO NATURE TOUR COMPANY WAS FANTASTIC,JUST AS DESCRIBED WAITING FOR YOU AT THE PIER FOR A GREAT DAY. THE SCENERY FROM TAIERI GORGE RAIL TRIP WAS BEAUTIFUL. THE GUIDES WERE INFORMATIVE AND REPRESENT THIER BEAUTIFUL CITY AND OTAGO PENINSULA WITH GREAT PRIDE AND RESPECT FOR NATURE. THANKS DAVE AND CHRIS

Blair M

4 star rating: Recommended March 2018

Enjoyed the tour. Our guide Teresa was knowledgeable and organized. It was a refreshing change from other tour guides. Teresa knew everything about the wildlife and kept us informed

M Virginia W

4 star rating: Recommended February 2018

Of the 11 excursions I took, the Taieri Gorge Railway was my favorite. The train ride was fun, accommodations very good. I took lots of pictures from the train as I stood outside the car door. I enjoyed the round-trip ride and the citizens dressed for the time period the train station was built. A lovely excursion!

Sandy Canada

4 star rating: Recommended January 2018

This trip was awesome beautiful views the train station itself is a glorious building and nice to kind of go back in time with the old train. Maybe a bit on the long side but obviously that cant be avoided.

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