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“Worthwhile day trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway
Anzac Square | P.O. Box 140, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4449
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Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day...
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway - one of the world's great train trips and one of Dunedin's top attractions. Departing daily from downtown Dunedin into the Taieri Gorge, this trip travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful and ever changing scenery which can not seen from the road! With sightseeing stops, on board cafe, outside viewing platforms it is the perfect all weather activity and one of the key attractions in Dunedin - not to be missed.
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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“Worthwhile day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Definitley worth the money. Nice half day trip on an old train. Great scenery and 2-3 stops to get off the train for a walk and photographs.

Would recommend pre-booking and ordering the lunch pack as it is great value for money

Visited July 2014
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Sabadell, Spain
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“Fantastic trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you have time make sure you book onto this trip. We did the 2 hour trip and back. Our carriage was quite busy whilst other carriages seemed quite empty so not sure how they work out spacing carriages apart. But you kind of need to seat where you are told, but feel free to move about once the train has got going. It was nice to be able to lean out of the train (although watch the young ones). Also, best idea to take some food and drink with you for the journey. The staion it leaves from and returns to is also stunning.

Visited June 2014
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MurrayBond, Public Relations Manager at Taieri Gorge Railway, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Hello and thanks for your review.
We allocate all our seating but providing the train is not full, you can probably move around a bit once the train moves out of the station which you have pointed out.
Yes, we do allow passengers to bring their own food but we do have a very nice cafe carriage which does some lovely food and really great coffee!!!
We have open air platforms and you can stand outside while the train moves along - but not leaning out too far! Like any railway line, our tunnels accommodate a train very well but there is little room for extra bits hanging out.
Thanks once again - hope to see you back one day.
Barbara Reid, Marketing Manager, TGR
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“An unexpected delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We travelled on the Taieri George Railway expecting something similar to the preserved rail lines in the UK but this is rather more spectacular. We were very lucky with the weather but even on a cloudy day the trip along the george would be worth making. Wingatui Viaduct is something of a highlight but there are plenty of other places to get out onto the ends of the coaches and take photographs. The en-route commentary from the staff is helpful and informative and will give you a good insight into the history of the local area. The rolling stock is older and less modern than on the Trans alpine, but that is a major part of the attraction.
There is relatively little to do in Middlemarch, but you'll have enough time for a meal and/or coffee at one of the cafes in the town.
This would be a good way to get to and from the end of the Otago Rail Trail too.

Visited November 2013
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MurrayBond, Public Relations Manager at Taieri Gorge Railway, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Hello and thank you for taking the time to reveiw Taieri Gorge Railway. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your trip with us.
We are very fortunate that this fabulous railway line was preserved and along this line there are some amazing structures - all built by hand over 100 years ago.
We have a lovely eclectic mix of heritage carriages and more modern carriages which adds an ambience to the trip.
If you do go on the Middlemarch trip there are a couple of cafes in Middlemarch which do amazing coffee (that is if you have not had one of our great coffees on baord the train!).
Thanks
Barbara Reid, Marketing Manager, TGR
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“Nice half-day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We went with the Taieri Gorge Railway on a four-hour trip to Pukerangi. You're allowed to bring (or you can buy) food and drink on the train and we would highly recommend doing so as every seat has a table and it's perfect for having lunch or dinner. The train ride is quite long and it felt a bit tedious after a while, but it's still a nice way to see the landscape and people of all ages could do it.

Visited June 2014
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“An ABSOLUTE MUST DO !!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We chose to travel across from Queenstown to Dunedin using the bus / train combo.
The gorge was fantastic and our photos that we brought home were a testament to the ‘experience’ . . . We loved the old rattler and the friendliness ofvthe,staff & the opportunity to chat with othrr travellers.
Would do this again in a heartbeat:-))

Visited July 2014
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