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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

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    After pickup from the Dunedin port, you’re transferred to the Dunedin Railway Station for your 4-hour Taieri Gorge Railway journey to Pukerangi. Admire the gingerbread style of the station, built in 1906, and get settled comfortably in a historical wooden train carriage.

    New Zealand’s longest tourist railway, the Taieri Gorge Railway covers a distance of 28 miles (45 km), following the course of the Taieri River. As the train hugs the steep-walled Taieri Gorge and crosses wrought-iron viaducts of a bygone era, soak up the panoramic views. You’ll pass through nearly one dozen tunnels and stop several times for photo ops of the magnificent landscape.

    Have a lunch break in Dunedin (own expense) before your 2-hour city sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Take a seat aboard the coach and learn about Dunedin’s history as you hear insightful commentary about the hilly city and its volcanic bay from the knowledgeable guide.

    Discover New Zealand’s first university — Otago University — as well as 19th-century buildings including ornate homes, churches, theaters, banks and the town hall. Enjoy views of the Otago Peninsula, drive along Baldwin Street, admire the tree-lined landscape at the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and see St Clair Beach and Esplanade before drop-off at the Dunedin port.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Dunedin port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

    We had a short time to see as much as we could without renting s car, and this was perfect! We saw a lot of the landscapes and beautiful views along the train ride, which was comfortable, relaxing, and informative: the guide gave us a...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2019

    Thanks for the great review Karen. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing shore excursion, which recently won the Travellers Choice Award for 2018 on TripAdvisor. Both the train journey and the city tour are really quite...More

    Reviewed March 24, 2019

    We were on a 2 week HAL cruise around Australia and New Zealand. Since we are not a big fan of cruise ship excursions arranged by the ship, we found this company, Leisure tours, based in Christchurch, New Zealand who has this great website and...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2019

    Thank you for the great review on our shore excursions across New Zealand. We are pleased you had a great time on all your tours. The Taieri Gorge excursion is becoming one of our most popular tours for cruise ship passengers and it recently won...More

    Reviewed March 24, 2019

    Enjoyed this trip for the scenery and rock formations going up to the summit were exceptional. Starting a the station the ticket reception for pre-booked was efficient and the quaint old train station from another era. No problem finding the the seats as the carriage...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2019

    Thanks for the great review Steve. I'm pleased to hear you had a pleasant time on your train journey to Arthurs Pass. You are quite right, though some aspects of the train are quite modern the station situated at Springfield is from another era and...More

    Reviewed March 20, 2019

    great ride up thru the gorge and a surprising nice lunch. So well taken care of by the volunteers on the Railway! Kudos to them for keeping their traditions alive.... A glimpse of the beautiful NZ countryside.. ending up at the end of the line...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

    Thank you for the positive review. Excuse the lateness of this reply, we were only made aware of your review recently. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your shore excursion on the Taieri Gorge Railway, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular...More

    Reviewed February 19, 2019

    We had a great day on the train, with so much information given regarding the train and the gorge. We had booked privately and not with the ship's tour, so did not expect meals. We were picked up at the wharf, and taken to Dunedin...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

    Thanks Barry for the positive review of the Taieri Gorge shore excursion. This is one of the most popular cruise excursions we operate from New Zealand and we usually receive tons of great feedback thanks to the amazing services provided by the train crew and...More

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    Robert B
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    Steve, I should have stated that booking the similar excursion via the ship ( Golden Princess) is much more expensive than booking direct. That's where the question about a refund if the ship dosn't make it... More
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