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

  • 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
Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
From USD 139.97
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8.45am Tour DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs from inside Cruise Terminal building at 8.45am, please arrive 15 minutes prior. Lunch is not included however there is a buffet carriage onboard
From USD 139.97
9.45am Departure
The 9.45am departure allows you to ride the train through the gorge one-way. We will pick you up at Pukerangi Station and bring you back to port (the train goes out and comes back the same way)
From USD 139.97
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.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2018
Great tour in a great town!

This tour is simply fantastic. Oli was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about all things Dunedin, giving the group a thorough commentary on the town. He took us to the famous Baldwin Street and Dunedin railway station, as well as the nearby natural attractions. I highly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Matt W
Back2NatureTours, Chief Trip Advisor Responder at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2018

Hi Matt, Thanks for the review, we appreciate the support. I'll pass your feedback on to Oli. Remember to reach out to us when your back in NZ, you're a Back to Nature Legend and we'd love to see you again:) Back to Nature Tours...More

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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: November 2017
2  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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank perth08Perth
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18 September 2018|
Response from Back2NatureTours | Property representative |
YES. We still conduct this tour even if your ship is late. When a cruise ship arrives later than expected we still conduct our Taieri Gorge and Otago Penisula Full Day tour. The train we put all tour members onto departs... More