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Take a scenic round-trip through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island on this 4-hour Taieri Gorge railway journey from Dunedin. Depart from downtown Dunedin’s attractive railway station and head deep into the Taieri Gorge by train. Gaze out over ever-changing corners of the New Zealand countryside inaccessible by road. With informative and entertaining live commentary on board, gain insight into the railway’s construction and the challenges faced by the engineers. Enjoy sightseeing stops on route and discover top attractions around Dunedin.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Family friendly
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Rail Tour

What You Can Expect

Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway and the Notches

Customer Reviews

Richard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had comfortable seats and really enjoyed the unique and spectacular scenery along this route. At the end of the route they reverse the route so that if you're riding backwards one way your return trip is facing forward.

Peter F New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An amazing journey through the stunning scenery of Dunedin. The train was very clean and it was like stepping back in time with the authentic carriages. Staff were very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Highly recommended.

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wow wow this is a must do tour. The countryside is so pretty

Sally H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Super train trip, stunning views. Excellent commentary but not constantly which meant it was pleasantly relaxing.
4 hours was a little long but would recommend this trip to anyone..

Debra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful trip loved every minute! Cafe staff were awesome, Train Manager was full of local knowledge

snoopy250cr Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great slow train ride with awesome views, great time overall.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

First class trip, spectacular scenery and lovely staff. Very pleasant always

Stephen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Superb run up and down the Taieri area with great commentaries. A long train journey with lots to see and plenty of photo-opportunities. Be careful if you have a dinner-date at the end of it, as we had to wait about 20 minutes before we could get back to Dunedin Station as there was a freight-train on the main line when we rejoined it outside Dunedin. Well worth the effort! A must-see when in Dunedin.

Marie-Therese B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Outstanding scenery with plenty of time to fully appreciate it. The one quibble I have is that due to the large gap between some of the steps on the train I found it difficult to step up onto the train. Perhaps a portable step could be provided for those less able to climb onto the train.

Frank H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Just a delight to travel through some amazing scenery. A very well run tour for rail fans and anyone interested in spectacular scenery. Just great.

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