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Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Take a scenic round-trip through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island on this 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 en route and discover top attractions around Dunedin.
  • Take a railway journey to Taieri Gorge from Dunedin
  • Listen to informative commentary on board
  • Take in the New Zealand countryside while you ride
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

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Historic railway excels
Jim
, Mar 2020
Amazing geology and scenery. Gives a great insight into the early settlers lives. The old coaches were comfortable and beautifully kept.
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Big hills and deep gorges.
sueduffield
, Jan 2020
A very comfortable train journey. The staff were very good. The commentary was helpful. Booking was easy and the staff in the station were pleasant and professional. The scenery is wonderful and as you cannot get there by road it was nice to see a bit of wilderness before it is all gone. A nice rest from driving. The buffet car has a good selection of snacks and drinks.
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Train times
geoffreytuck
, Jan 2020
The trip itself is wonderful but we had to rebook via our cruise ship because there was not enough time to get to Dunedin railway station for the train. Booking via the cruise line the train leave from the cruise terminal? This is not entirely clear when you book.
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Taieri Gorge train trip
Maps502039
, Dec 2019
The train trip was good. Commentary on the trip was really interesting. The problem we had however, was that there had been large weather issues and the train was late. Didn't leave in the morning for about 30 minutes, then we had to sit in a couple of places to allow the earlier train to get 20 minutes ahead. On the way home there was a signalling issue that made us even later. Total about 1hour 30 minutes late. In saying this ,however, the crew and staff were extremely accommodating in making sure our shuttle transport back to our Cruise ship was waiting for us, even tho they were supposed to finish earlier.
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Fantastic train ride
Maxine V C
, Dec 2019
We had a great day for our trip on the train. Magnificent views of the gorge and the surrounding landscape.
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Breathtaking
Monti K
, Dec 2019
A great overall experience with incredible views and narrated well. MY wife and I took this trip and since you sit 4 to a table, we met some very nice Scots and enjoyed the experience even more. We ran into an issue on the way back which made our arrival time almost an hour late so we didn't get time in Dunedin (which we really wanted to roam about) but all in all, well worth the time and money
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Great Trip!
margaretdavidson8
, Dec 2019
Beautiful views and great opportunities for photos, staff were excellent. We travelled in a small group and was plenty of room on the train to stretch out, very relaxing trip
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Spectacular wild scenery
ladybird0001
, Dec 2019
We took the train up to the gorge Commentary was good but was too fast to catch everything. Needed to slow down speech.
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beautiful
johnmitchellt
, Nov 2019
the scenery was beautiful! would do it again. Might have been even better if the train would have stopped a couple of times so we could take more pictures.
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Remeberance of child hood days
baker581
, Nov 2019
An excellent train journey, well organised, great announcements over PA system, very friendlly staff and tasting food, Day was beautiful to see amazing scenery, as when I was a kid only travelled on that line to Middlemarch at night on railcar. Well done everyone. Cant wait to take trip right through to Middlemarch.

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