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Dunedin – Taieri Gorge Railway & Dunedin Sightseeing LT71CS




Up to 7 days

Group Size

100 people




This experience was voted one of  New Zealand’s Top 10 Experiences of 2018 on TripAdvisor and rewarded the Travellers Choice Award! 

At 8.45am (depending on the cruise ship’s arrival/departure times), the coach departs the Dunedin Port and takes you to the Dunedin Railway Station. At 9.30am, depart Dunedin by train on the Taieri Gorge Railway. You will travel through the spectacular Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. This is one of the great train journeys of a bygone era. Throughout this round trip journey, there will be numerous stops to afford you some magnificent photo opportunities. The return train journey is four hours in duration, which will have you back in Dunedin at 2.00 – 2.30 pm approx.

At 2.30pm, following the Taieri Gorge Rail Journey, you will rejoin the coach and set off on a full-commentary coach tour of Dunedin City. Take in the ‘dress circle’ of Dunedin’s original homes of the wealthy settlers, travel up the world’s steepest street to a lookout overlooking the city, University campus and out to the Peninsula high road for some spectacular harbour, rural and ocean views. Lastly, see the St Clair beach esplanade before returning back to your ship between 4:00 pm-4:30 pm.

Taieri Gorge Railway

  • Journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge
  • Viaducts and Tunnels
  • Full commentary on the construction and history of the Railway

Enjoy a introductory city tour of Dunedin

  • A lookout over Dunedin harbour and city
  • New Zealand’s first botanical garden
  • New Zealand’s oldest University
  • Dunedin’s classic old railway station and courthouse precinct
  • Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street
  • Olveston House
  • The Robbie Burns statue: Scottish poet & unofficial patron to the arts of Dunedin
  • Otago Boys High School

Should your cruise ship timetable be indicating that you will be berthing in Dunedin (Port Chalmers) at 9.00am or later, this does not preclude you from booking these tour options. The timetable will simply be altered to align with the cruise ships arrival time.

TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers Choice Award

If for any reason we are unable to get you to the Dunedin Railway Station prior to the departure of the Taieri Gorge Train then the tour will be adjusted whereby your coach will take you by road to meet the train and you will return to Dunedin by train.

Please Note that as the train will travel into remote areas, mobile phone connection is limited. For this reason, please bring cash if you wish to purchase items from the onboard buffet carriage.

We are proud to announce this tour has won the prestigious 2018 Travellers Choice Award! Thank you all who voted!

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We had been told by friends to do this tour whilst in Dunedin and we weren't disappointed and in addition paid less than half of what others had paid directly onboard for the cruise ships own excursion and we got a full city sightseeing tour as well! The train journey was fantastic and it is really a must do for anyone visiting Dunedin
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