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Dunedin: 4.5-Hour Scenic Railway Tour Through Taieri Gorge

Product ID: 249347
Combine incredible history and railway charm on one of New Zealand’s most well-known and scenic train journeys. Travel through the spectacular Taieri River Gorge, admire amazing views, and gain fascinating insights into the history of early settlers.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover spectacular scenery only accessible by train
  • Marvel at the Taieri Gorge
  • Enjoy live commentary from your knowledgeable crew
  • Make the most of the train's open-air platforms for unique photo opportunities
Full description
Depart from Dunedin's iconic railway station and set off through the southern parts of Dunedin city, before turning off onto the Taieri branch. Travel across the picturesque Taieri Plains, then climb into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out by the ancient Taieri River.

Stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for the best photo-taking opportunities. Disembark, stretch your legs, and admire the best of beauty, peace, and quiet that nature has to offer.

Stand on the open-air platforms while the train moves, or enjoy a quiet drink and food in the onboard buffet carriage. Listen to the train manager's entertaining and informative commentary about the nature and history of the area.

The tour goes as far as Pukerangi, a peaceful outcrop at the end of the Taieri Gorge, before turning around to take you back to Dunedin. The return trip is four hours long, giving you plenty of time to experience all the amazing highlights this scenic railway has to offer.
  • 4-hour return trip on the scenic railway
  • Access to open-air carriages for photo opportunities
  • Informative commentary from knowledgeable staff
  • Pamphlets in multiple languages
What’s Not Included
  • Food and Drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Dunedin Railway Station, 3074332, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Due to the remote nature of this journey, mobile phone connection is limited and it is not always possible to use credit cards or EFTPOS in the buffet carriage. Please take cash with you if you wish to purchase refreshments
• The buffet carriage accepts New Zealand, Australian, and US dollars
- Wear comfortable, casual clothes. The tour offers plenty of opportunities to disembark at various points of interest, so flat shoes are recommended
• Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time
• There is parking available at Dunedin Railway Station at the rate of NZ$5 for the day
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Everything was really great from go to whoa! Spectacular scenery, deep gorge viaduct crossings, old gold mining camps, amazing stuff! Our driver/guide was a regular font of knowledge, and kept us entertained with an interesting commentary (and lighthearted humour) throughout our journey.

March 26, 2020

Fantastic trip. Great scenery & awesome facilities.

March 20, 2020

Spectacular views from your seat or the viewing platforms located at the end of every carriage complete with a running commentary

March 9, 2020

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Dunedin Railways

Product ID: 249347