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

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Stop At: Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin New Zealand

Initially, we will transfer you to the Historic Dunedin Railway Station where you will board the train - you will have 20 or so minutes to enjoy this work of art

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Square, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

Enjoy a 4-4.5 hour train journey up the Taieri Gorge. Your furthest point will be Pukerangi Station located in the middle of nowhere. Here, you will have 10-15 minutes to stretch your legs. There are usually a few handicraft stalls set up for you to enjoy before you take the return journey back to Dunedin.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

When you return to Dunedin your guide will meet you outside the Dunedin Railway Station and take you out to enjoy some of the finest coastal scenery of our region - the Otago Peninsula is characterized by rolling farmland, sheep farms and an intriguing coastline.

Duration: 2 hours

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  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Taieri Gorge Railway
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  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
William M
5 | 2019-07-03

Truly amazing scenery of the Taieri Gorge,and a wonderfull day in Dunedin.It was made all the more special by our terrific host Glen from Back to Nature Tours. Highly recomend this tour for a wonderfull experience. Bill and Carol McIlroy

Colin B
1 | 2019-01-14

Cost of tour - $185 per personNumber of persons - 4Total cost - $740Duration of tour – 8.5 HOURSISSUES:Not enough toilet / refreshment stopsWe had plenty of time as ship was not sailing until 9PM. Guide commented on this more than once because he was going to be able to show us more than he can usually. tour was too long for only a midday stop at train terminus. here, items of clothing / jewellery were for sale - but no food!Once we got on the train, we asked one of the workers if there was any gluten free food available and he shrugged and said he didn’t know. when we went to the buffet car, there were only pies and sandwiches.Guide had no care factor about our gluten free dietary needs.when train arrived at Dunedin station we asked if we could get something to eat and guide said there was no time – we still has another 2.5 hours to go where he was taking us. this last 2.5 hours was not enjoyable as we were so hungry.port restrictions do not allow us to bring food from the ship.we were not able to eat until we were back on the ship (after 6pm).visitors like to enjoy the local food and wine / beer – it should be a part of the experience.someone on the bus asked about a coffee and the guide said “coffee stops are a tour guide’s nightmare”.fresh chilled water would have been appreciated – our water in backpacks got quite warmtour guide commentary was averagetrain ride scenery was okwe feel this was a huge waste of money and would not want to do this tour ever again.

Joanne D
5 | 2018-11-08

We enjoyed the bus trip to our stop where we boarded the train. Train ride was very good and lunch was available on the train. Unfortunately we had rain when we went to the Otago Peninsula so we were not able to see much. Our guide did a good job even though the weather was poor.

3 | 2018-04-01

Unfortunately it was pouring with rain all day so unable to take any decent photographs outside the carriage as we got wet through. The afternoon tour did not come up to what we expected from the description given as we were only shown one beach and a five minute stop to look at it. When I asked about seeing some wildlife, he said we hadnt got time so drove us through the town and back to the ship early as he said he was a stand-in driver and was more bothered about getting back to his guests who were checking in and checking out of his B and B.



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