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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin

Highlights
  • Full-day shore excursion with Taieri Gorge Railway and Otago Peninsula, from Dunedin
  • Take a 4-hour round-trip train ride from Dunedin to Pukerangi
  • See the rugged South Island mountains from the Taieri Gorge Railway
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
US$133.91
Overview
When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a full-day excursion that combines two South Isalnd highlights: a scenic round-trip ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway, and an afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula. The train steams from Dunedin to Pukerangi, passing through Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, and stopping en route for photo ops. Then dig your toes into the sand of Otago’s beaches and keep a lookout for marine wildlife.
What to Expect
After morning pickup at the cruise port in Dunedin, transfer to the Dunedin Railway Station, a 19th-century Renaissance revival-style building designed by an architect nicknamed ‘Gingerbread George.’

Have about 30 minutes free to see the historic station, then use the provided ticket to board the Taieri Gorge Railway. The train is equipped with heated carriages, large windows and restrooms, as well as open-air viewing platform cars. Chug along the Taieri Plains, crossing bridges and viaducts that span the Taieri Gorge and other scenic canyons. The train hugs the curves around the mountains and slows down at scenic viewpoints, providing great vantage points on the South Island’s rugged wilderness.

Hear informative commentary about the the region during the train ride, which takes two hours each way. You can upgrade to include a gourmet box lunch, or purchase refreshments at the onboard cafe. At the last station, you'll have about 15 minutes to check out Pukerangi before the return journey to Dunedin.

Upon you return to Dunedin, your guide meets you at the train station and takes you on your afternoon tour of the Otago Peninsula. Make stops at several locations with sweeping views — photographers will love the postcard-perfect scenery. Visit beaches where you may glimpse whales, dolphins or some native New Zealand wildlife, then return to the cruise port in the late afternoon.
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Reviewed 4 March 2018
Great day trip

Was a great day, Chris was helpful all the way, even before we even got there. Great commentary and always on time. A very relaxed and informative day.

Thank GaryKaye2018
Reviewed 4 March 2018
Wonderful Shore Excursion

So very glad we booked this instead of the one from the ship (Pacific Jewel - Feb 9, 2018). I had done my homework and noted the good reviews and the fact that instead of getting on the train near the cruise terminal we would...More

Thank Anne T
Reviewed 14 February 2018
Great Shore Excursion

We decided to take a Back to Nature tour entitled "Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin" based upon previous good reviews and also because it appeared to offer more than the cruise line (HAL) did, at a much better price....More

Thank greendr2
Reviewed 31 January 2018
Amazing. Loved Dunedin

Trii our driver was very knowledgable and had a good sense of humour. The Taieri gorge railway trip was spectacular. The dining car however was very disorganised and their credit card machine was not working. Dunedin is a lovely place and would love to return

Thank perth08Perth
Reviewed 24 November 2017
A feast for the eyes

Our guide Ollie was super informative, funny, and fun. The tour was super awesome and very well put together for our group. We even got to see a little penguin chiiling under a rock! New Zealand is just beautiful and I wouldn't have seen half...More

Thank julibee723
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1941lovetotravel
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Response from perth08Perth | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just saw this message. When you buy a ticket you are allocated seats. Hope this helps
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