Dunedin – Taieri Gorge Railway & Dunedin Sightseeing LT71CS

$179.00

Experience our award winning cruise excursion on the unique Taieri Gorge Railway, rated as one of the top rail journeys in the world, with its numerous viaducts and tunnels. In the afternoon, prior to rejoining your cruise ship, enjoy a comprehensive city sightseeing tour of Dunedin City together with its interesting hills and beach suburbs.

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

At 9.00am (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 1.30 pm.

At 2.00pm, 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. The city tour duration is approximately 2 hours.

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 2 hour 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.

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

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 9.00 am
Maximum number of people : 100
Venue Facilities : Air Conditioned Coach, Taieri Gorge Train, Fully Guided Tour
Available
Not Available
Selected
Departure date:
Start time:
Adults:
Children:
Infant:

For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • Great trip - would highly recommend it. We were picked up at the cruise terminal at Port Chambers and did the outward journey by bus as were a bit late getting off cruise ship and train had left. The views were amazing. The train journey back to Dunedin was equally as spectacular. We then had a bus tour of Dunedin. The driver had great local knowledge. We were back at the boat with lots of time to spare.
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 5 like this

  • Cruise Excursions and Shore Trips around New Zealand

    Shadania

    0 Review
    This trip was by far better than we could have expected. Our very professional and friendly bus driver, Richard swiftly sorted out some teething problems with our booking system and made sure we were safely on the train. We were seated in the dining car - and were able to photograph and see the wonderful views of the gorge as we went along. After the train trip Richard took us on an extensive city tour - his knowledge was amazing! I felt very safe with his in the driver's seat. Pat - in charge of the dining in the train - made a wonderful cappuccino - and the sandwiches were delicious. The announcer on the train was also excellent - easy to understand and extremely knowledgeable of the journey. This was our first cruise excursion tour not purchased directly off the cruise ship. It was far superior and only half the price- thank you.
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 3 like this

  • Cruise Excursions and Shore Trips around New Zealand

    Margaret

    0 Review
    The weather in Dunedin was not great at the start of this tour, however the train surely made up for it. This is a great trip starting at the incredible Dunedin Station and then following the twists and turns of the Taieri river up into the high country. The weather high up was far better where we stopped at the quaint 'whistle-stop' town of Middlemarch. The train conductor on this trip was a real character and kept us entertained and informed for the duration of the trip up and back. There were many opportunities to get great photo's for the full duration of the trip. On return, our bus driver provided a very comprehensive and informative tour of Dunedin before returning us to our ship. Well worth the money.
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 4 like this

  • We booked this trip to pick us up from our ship. The starting point was a few yards from the ship and we had an excellent tour at less than half the cost other people on the ship had paid for the ships tour. The big difference between the two tours is that the ships train is multiple carriages and they were served lunch but only had a 20 minute city tour. Our train was 4 carriages including a buffet car which served hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks and we had a 2 hour city tour after the train ride before being dropped back at the steps of the ship. Excellent trip worth every penny
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 3 like this

  • Cruise Excursions and Shore Trips around New Zealand

    Anne Maree

    0 Review
    Excellent. The scenery is beautiful!! The train was comfortable and warm, even the coffee was not too bad. Had a lovely day. Getting to and from the Cruise ship went effortlessly.
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 2 like this

  • On time picked at ship side, dropped of at train station on schedule and had enough time to get train ticket, picked up on time after the trip and had a nice sight seeing. Good deal. Cheaper and better than the cruise line excursion.
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 2 like this

  • This is a must do tour when visiting Dunedin.We arrived by cruise ship and was only about 100mtr walk from the cruise ship to our meeting point for the tour.The bus driver was prompt and very friendly 7 informative on our way to the train station to board our awaitng train,lovely old style carriages,the trip was really great and with lovely scenery,the staff on board went out of their way to make sure everyone was well looked after.The city tour after the train ride was top class 7 another great and informative driver.Once again viator has our vote,we saved $130 each person than by booking through the cruise ship.
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 3 like this

  • "Excellent - 5 Star"
    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
    • General
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 3 like this

8 reviews on this Activity    Showing 1 to 8

You must log in to write review