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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin provided by Back to Nature Tours

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 07/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/29/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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Duration
7h
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Taieri Gorge Railway
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • PLEASE CONTACT US if there is not a departure time that suits your cruise ship schedule - guaranteed we can help!
  • If your ship arrives later than 9.00am we will still conduct the tour but you will only ride the train one-way through the gorge rather than both ways - we will pick you up from Pukerangi Station and take you back to port.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please note: Lunch is not included however we can provide a gourmet ‘picnic lunch’ if option selected (see pricing), it includes a ham sandwich, packet of chips, piece of fruit, muslei bar and juice
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Annie S wrote a review Feb 2020
Tavistock, United Kingdom22 contributions10 helpful votes
The trip began with a very friendly guide meeting us at the port exit. The day got even better from then. The train journey through wonderful New Zealand countryside was fantastic. There were so many photo opportunities with the speed of the train enabling easy photography.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
Responded Mar 29, 2020
Hi Annie, Thank you for your 5 star review! It was a pretty quite day for us when you arrived, we're glad you got the extra attention. It doesn't really matter what direction you travel in here in Dunedin because very soon you get fantastic views. The Otago Peninsula certainly is the 'jewel in the crown' of our scenery - great to see you enjoyed that component. You're a Back to Nature Tours Legend, Haste Ye Back!
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Bob A wrote a review Feb 2020
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I would recommend this day excursion as it gives a nice ride and taste of the country side through the area. The train is nice and comfortable as well
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
Responded Mar 29, 2020
Hi rma7477 Thanks for your feedback - we're lucky to have an amazing coastline here in Dunedin. Your tour allowed you to see that and Inland Otago all in the same day. All the best!
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Lauren T wrote a review Dec 2019
12 contributions3 helpful votes
We were looking for a tour that included the Taieri Gorge Railway, a little of the Otago Peninsula scenery, and a few of the highlights through town. I am very glad we found Back to Nature Tours, and this great itinerary. It is exactly what we were looking for! Our guide, Glenn,
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Tour07736106642, Chief TA Responder at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
Responded Jan 12, 2020
Hi Lauren, Greta to hear you enjoyed your tour with Glenn. Its a great tour that introduces you to inland and coastal Otago, combine this with Glenn's knowledge and humour were not surprised you had a great day! All the best for 2020! Haste Ye Back!
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Ruth M wrote a review Dec 2019
Jacksonville Beach, Florida9 contributions
This was one of our favorite tours. It's worth just going to the train station, even if you are not going to get on a train. The train ride takes about 2 hours. It crosses lovely scenery, bridges, tunnels, hillsides with yellow flowers, sheep, and cattle everywhere you look.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Back2NatureTours, BTNT Responder at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
Responded Dec 17, 2019
Hi Ruth, Thanks for your 5 star review - especially for the fact that you mentioned this was one of your favourite tours! Glenn loves taking people out on our half day tour and mentioned that you were a really fun group. From all the team at Back to Nature Tours - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Haste Ye Back!
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SuseBlass wrote a review Nov 2019
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after a morning tour with Taieri Gorge railway I had a wonderful tour to the beaches of Dunedin with a lovely guide today. Group could not be realized but they decided to take me alone there. Thank you again for the best tour in New Zealand on my final day here, loved it ❤️❤️
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Back2NatureTours, Owner at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Peninsula Day Trip from Dunedin
Responded Nov 3, 2019
Hi Sue, Great to hear you enjoyed your time in Dunedin, after hearing about the adversity you have faced during your time in NZ we were determined to make your last day in NZ special. Your part of the Back to Nature whanau now. Haste Ye Back!
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About the operator

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118materesal
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Well spent day in Dunedin! It was an awesome experience.
Highly recommended day your - Chris was nice, friendly and very informative. Will definitely recommend this to my
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U4178YAannem
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Beautiful Dunedin
Our tour guide was brilliant. I loved the tour but was a bit disappointed that we didn't have tickets to see the al
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Otago Peninsula
We were very fortunate to see the both sealions and fur seals on a picture perfect beach on the Otago peninsula.
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Shirley G
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The train was great but peninsula excellent
Great to be picked up and expected the Taieri Gorge Railway trip would be the highlight but no. The shuttle trip ar
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Cy1175
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Soaring South Island Scenery
Architectural highlights of Dunedin included Otago University, Railroad station and steepest street in the world. L
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E2493VXaliciar
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Fantastic
Our guide Mel was very knowledgeable and humourous. I loved watching the sea lions and penguins. Lanarch Castle the
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petaswan
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Yellow-Eyed Penguins
The tour is a good combination of civilisation - sightseeing in Dunedin and Larnarch Castle - and nature - sea lion
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JLS1125
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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
A near-perfect day in terms of the tour, guide and weather. The tour was well designed with adequate time at each
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JohnWTravel
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Outstanding, educational and scenic, tour
We did this tour during a cruise ship port stop. Our group of 12 was very comfortable in our tour vehicle, and our
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terif413
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Amazing Day In Dunedin!
Our day with James was amazing! He was knowledgeable about Dunedin, the indigenous culture and all the wildlife in
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Dolly502014
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Half day
Chris picked us up from the ship in a minibus. As he’s lived in Dunedin for a number of years he was very knowledge
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khowlettt
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Rainy Day in Dunedin
We were only in Dunedin for one day and this tour gave us a good overview of the area. Our guide was very knowledge
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KScott55
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Great driver/guide (Scott). Comfortable van.
Tour was as described. Had some fog in the morning but cleared late morning. Driver Scott was very informative an
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928kevinl
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An outstanding tour with Oli!
We had a very delightful tour. Our guide/driver Oli is exceptional. He is very knowledgable, personable, interesti
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milezpluegs
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Great excursion for people getting off of a cruise ship
Maybe it was the beautiful scenery, maybe it was the very friendly tour guide, maybe it was both, regardless, this
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Key Details
  • Dunedin Railway Station, Taieri Gorge Railway, and 1 more
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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