Dunedin, New Zealand

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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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

Reviews

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A
, Oct 2018

The seating on the train was shocking - there were 3 of us travelling together and we were given 3 seats in Car R. We couldn't get a good view out of one lot of windows as 1/4 of that window was blocked by a servery - when we asked why the servery was there it is because it is used when the train is hired out for the cruise ship passengers.

T
, Apr 2018

Absolutely the worst organised tour of our entire trip. In fact I don't think we have ever experienced anything worse. A complete waste of money. In fact there is more information and commentary provided about the landscape when travelling on the suburban commuter trains in Sydney. Absolutely NO commentary in the train so you dont know where you are or what you're looking at. Wouldnt have a clue. It was just a train ride to a stop after a couple of hours so stall holders at a market in the middle of god know's where can peddle their goods. Coffee machine broke in the cafe car and ran out of food - sandwiches etc on the outbound trip - within the first hour!! Every person on our trip should have had their money handed back to them as it was nothing more than a 4 hour train ride with no information whatsoever.

A
, Mar 2018

We had a bad trip. The scenery was magnificent but the PA system failed and therefore no commentary. The coffee machine wouldn't work, the cash register failed and one of the staff was very rude when my friends wife complained. The fact that there was no commentary spoiled the experience as we didn't know what various places were all about. The toilet in our carriage didn't work and the one in the next carriage stank. The two toilets at the top of the gorge stank and were not sufficient for the number of passengers on the trian before ua nor our train.

R
, Mar 2018

We were a group of 4 and we all enjoyed the experience and recommend to fellow travellers. Very relaxing day thankyou.

R
, Mar 2018

Everything was as we expected, all very well organised, running on time, excellent commentary, markets at the half way mark where locals had their hand made knitted items etc. Shuttles to and from the boat came every 10 mins so there was no waiting. Dunedin Railway Station is stunning. There is some walking involved down one way up the other way. But a very entertaining trip.

M
, Mar 2018

The scenery was good. Unfortunately the train switched engines instead of turning around, so we saw the same scenery from our side coming and going. It would have been nice to have been able to have a better view of the other side from the train.

c
, Mar 2018

Extremely interesting trip through the Gorge and learning the history surrounding it.
Very scenic journey through tunnels and viaducts.

Great commentary and well stocked cafe on board providing drinks, coffee and tea , cakes and sandwiches and some hot food as well .

Most enjoyable day

J
, Mar 2018

A great ride from the Dunedin railway station which is a beautiful building in itself. The ride up the gorge was amazing filled with beautiful scenery and knowledgeable commentary from the conductor on board. There was a snack car available and at Pukerangi where the train turned around we were met by local women with crafts for sale. Travel up on one side of the car then move to the other side for the return trip for the best views.

B
, Mar 2018

This was a very pleasant experience and Im so glad we went. The guide on the speaker was very easy to understand. If you take this scenic trip please be curteous of others trying to also shoot photos from between the cars.

H
, Mar 2018

Tour was excellent and good value. Nice to see some inland parts of New Zealand as the cruise ship only visited port towns and cities obviously. Unfortunate that we were delayed by a breakdown with the points as we tried to enter the main line, but thanks to the staff who organized our shuttle buses to get us back to the cruise ship-thank you!


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