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Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin

Highlights
  • Catch a train at the easy-to-find Dunedin's historic rail station
  • See beautiful scenery in a roadless area you couldn't see by car
  • Learn as your ride with this tour that's full of history and railway facts
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Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin
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Taieri Gorge morning (4 Hour)Most Popular
This 4-hour round-trip train travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery. Includes commentary, sightseeing stops and café/bar. This is an all-weather experience not to be missed.
From $73.70
Taieri Gorge Afternoon(4 Hour)
This 4-hour round-trip train travels through some of New Zealands most beautiful scenery. Includes a commentary, sightseeing stops and cafe/bar. This is an all-weather experience not to be missed.
From $73.70
Taieri Gorge winter (4 Hour)
This 4-hour round-trip train travels through some of New Zealands most beautiful scenery. Includes a commentary, sightseeing stops and cafe/bar. This is an all-weather experience not to be missed.
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Overview
This trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway is an experience perfect for train buffs or anyone looking for an adventure. Board a train that journeys into a wild and gorgeous landscape, traveling through a part of the countryside that's inaccessible by road. Along the way, learn about the railway's construction and other interesting facts from onboard commentary. Plus, there's an exciting option to extend your trip to Middlemarch, a scenic, small town in the Otago countryside.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Dunedin Railway Station, whose Renaissance revival architecture makes it among the city's most eye-catching landmarks. Step onto the Taieri Gorge Railway, and then pull away from the station and into the South Island countryside.

There's a cafe and bar on board if you'd like to grab a drink or a snack, or just sit back and watch the scenery unfold as a guide shares stories from the train's past, from engineering challenges to the terrain itself. If you've selected the longer journey to Middlemarch, see even more of the landscape, continuing to a railway town in Otago's deep country.

The return journey to Dunedin follows the same route, but gives an entirely different perspective on the green valleys and hills, with twists and turns that keep the ride engaging until you arrive back at the station.
Reviews (671)
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Reviewed yesterday
Don't Let the Weather Dampen Your Experience

Despite the rain on the outward journey, a fabulous journey through the Taieri Gorge is highly recommended. A very informative commentary along the journey compliments the spectacular scenery enhance today by the broom in bright flower contrasting with the shale rock from which the Railway...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Richard_Norton65
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Train trip

Very enjoyable train trip with great scenery and interesting history. Suitable outing for all weather. We went on a Sunday and there were track repairs taking place so we were bussed 20 minutes down the line to pick up the train. There was also a...More

Thank Q2259UFangelas
Reviewed 1 week ago
Cruising the Tairere rails.

Onboard the Sun Princess cruise ship we chose to do the Tairere Gorge Railway trip combined with a tour of Larnach Castle as our shore excursion. All I can say is WOW! The rail trip is fantastic! The scenery is superb along with the fantastic...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fieryred33
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great for families

The train ride was amazing, with fantastic views. The commentary was enjoyable and the train comfortable. We travelled with a 5yo and 2yo. It was very useful to have the table for the kids to do activities once they got bored of the view. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Pippa P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very nice long, scenic train ride and so beautiful!

Gorgeous country, friendliest people and a great day out! The train is an old one, and seating is tight if you have long legs as I do... there is a tasty lunch served with New Zealand wines... they have souvenirs available for purchase and accept...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank PattiF109
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Christine P
December 7, 2018|
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Response from 2011travel54 | Reviewed this property |
The Railway company doesn't pick up from the port, but there are travel companies that do. We were on the Celebrity Solstice and went with Good Company Tours and you can book direct on their website, just google Good Company... More
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suesli
November 30, 2018|
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I'm pretty sure it left at 1pm.
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Ge012
November 17, 2018|
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Response from 58randyt | Reviewed this property |
Your choices are many. We took the excursion offered by the cruise company. This avoided any chance of missing the ship due to issues with our train ride. I’d advise you look into the options (prices) and decide accordingly... More
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