Taieri Gorge Railway & Dunedin Sightseeing

Taieri Gorge Railway & Dunedin Sightseeing

Your coach will meet you at the port and take you to Dunedin Railway station, the most photographed building in New Zealand and here you board your train for your excursion on the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel through the spectacular Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi, crossing wrought iron viaducts and going through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago.

The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark and stretch your legs. Stand on the open air platforms while the train moves or enjoy a quiet drink and food from the on board cafe and listen to an entertaining and informative live commentary.

Back in Dunedin, rejoin your coach for a 2 hour tour of the city’s highlights. Your tour includes the ‘dress circle’ of Dunedin’s original homes of the wealthy settlers, a drive up the world’s steepest street to a looking for views over the city and through the Otago University Campus. Head out to the Peninsula high road for magnificent views of the peninsula and harbour and finally down to the St Clair beach esplanade before returning to your ship.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
From: Dunedin to Dunedin
Price: From (NZD) $179 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: LT71CS


Comfortable air conditioned transport
Experienced driver/guide with full commentary throughout
Pick up and drop off to the cruise ship tenders
Taieri Gorge Railway ride
2 hour guided tour of Dunedin city


  • Journey on the Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Viaducts and tunnels
  • Full commentary on the construction and history of the railway
  • Otago University
  • Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street
  • Olveston House
  • Lookout over Dunedin harbour and city
  • Otago Peninsula

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departures coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • Departure Point: Port Chalmers – a short walk from the gangway
  • Departure Time: 9.00am but on some days the ships may arrive or depart at different times so tour times will be adjusted to suit. If the tour is unable to reach Dunedin Railway Station in time for the departure of the Taieri Gorge train then the tour will be adjusted so you will travel by coach to meet the train and return to Dunedin by train.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Return Details: 4.00pm – 4.30 pm
  • Closed: This tour only operates on days cruise ships arrive into Port Chalmers

Important Information

  • Lunch is not included
  • Children under 2 years old can travel free of charge and are not assigned a seat unless a seat is required then child rates apply
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.

Tourism Affiliations

Qualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Endorsed Visitor Service


There are 8 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

A great experience both viewing and commentary.
Overall Tour Rating

Excellent tour of Dunedin and lovely train trip into Taieri Gorge through beautiful and dramatic New Zealand scenery. The tour of Dunedin was well done by Josh and his pride was obvious. He was loving showing us all his town. He finished the tour at the top of a hill where we could see down all over the town to the sound and it was absolutely spectacular. Thanks Josh.
Overall Tour Rating

The views were fantastic. I especially loved being outside standing on the gangway platform (spent most of the journey doing this thanks to great weather) taking in all the sights, sounds and even smells. It was a lasting memory for me. Didn't take too many photos as I just wanted to enjoy it for myself.
Overall Tour Rating

Our bus driver was great - gave us an abundance of good information. He was extremely helpful with my frail sister who was on a walking frame. Nothing was too much effort for him. The actual trip through the gorge was breathtaking. (I wish I could remember our coach driver's name so that I could thank him by name and not just driver.) Having grown up in Dunedin, he was particularly knowledgeable and had the gift of sharing his knowledge in a manner which made it seem like his first tour. His enthusiasm and passion was above and beyond.) Thank you
Overall Tour Rating

Good operator and well organised.
Overall Tour Rating

Really good day. Pick up went according to schedule, the train trip was spectacular and bus tour of Dunedin was really good even tho the bus was a bit hot. Josh our young driver was fantastic and so enthusiastic about Dunedin and what it had to offer. All in all a very good day and gave us a fantastic insight into Dunedin and its past and made us want to come back.
Overall Tour Rating

This trip was awesome, scenery was spectacular and guide was a local, so had excellent local knowledge about Dunedin. Would highly recommend!
Overall Tour Rating

For a first timer to Rotorua, this was an excellent all inclusive tour with a very knowledgeable guide.
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Taieri Gorge Railway & Dunedin Sightseeing
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: LT71CS
From (NZD) $179 per person
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8 reviews (4.8/5)

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