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After hotel or cruise port pickup in Dunedin, you’re transferred to the Dunedin Railway Station. Before your train departs, you have approx. 30 minutes to meander the 19th-century train station whose exquisite Renaissance revival style was designed by the architect known as ‘Gingerbread George.’
Ticket in hand, board the Taieri Gorge Railway and take a comfortable seat in a heated carriage that is equipped with sizable windows and restrooms. En route to Pukerangi, the train motors along the Taieri Plains, crossing over bridges and viaducts that span canyons such as Taieri Gorge, then curves around mountains, slowing down at scenic locales for a better glimpse of the South Island’s rugged wilderness.
Throughout the 4-hour round-trip excursion, listen to informative commentary about the historical and natural features of the region. Visit the open-air platform cars for unobstructed views, and stretch your legs at a stop or two. Enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch (if option selected), or purchase your own sandwiches, snacks and beverages at the onboard cafe.
Once your train reaches its destination, take about 15 minutes to wander around while the engine is switched for the return journey to Dunedin, where your guide awaits.
On arrival, hop aboard your minivan for a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula, including visits to several spectacular beaches where you can stroll the shoreline in search of penguins and other New Zealand wildlife before returning to your Dunedin hotel or cruise port in the late afternoon.
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Taieri Gorge Railway
Dunedin Railway Station
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Overview
Ride the Taieri Gorge Railway on a 4-hour round-trip route from Dunedin to Pukerangi, and take a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula by minivan in the afternoon. The train steams through vivid South Island landscapes including the Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge, stopping en route for photo ops plus a leg stretch in Pukerangi. Then dig your toes in the sand at Otago’s gorgeous beaches and keep a lookout for oceanic wildlife. Upgrade to include a gourmet boxed lunch.
Highlights
  • Full-day excursion with Taieri Gorge Railway journey and sightseeing in the Otago Peninsula, from Dunedin
  • Travel aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway for spectacular mountain scenery of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Admire the Renaissance Revival architecture of Dunedin Railway Station
  • Stroll along the sandy beaches of the Otago Peninsula during your afternoon tour
  • Pickup and drop-off available from Dunedin hotels or Port Chalmers cruise port
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people ensures customized attention from your guide
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Couldn't recommend more

Had a wonderful tour of the peninsula and Taieri Gorge. Chris was very very good, informative, and helpful. Definitely worth doing the whole day.

Thank Elfa959
Back2NatureTours, Chief Trip Advisor Responder at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Ellen, Thanks for the feedback:) I hope the conference went well and you enjoyed that sunny Saturday north:) Hopefully you decide to move down here one day, Dunedin needs more Back to Nature Legends! Haste Ye Back:)

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Wonderful train ride

This railway featured spectacular scenery of which we got many great photos, both from within our carriage and from standing outside between cars. Just astonishing. Enjoyed learning about the area and its history/scenery from our well-informed and friendly conductor, and altogether had a great time!

1  Thank RACHEL E
Back2NatureTours, Public Relations Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Rachel, Thanks for your feedback. Glad you had a great day in Dunedin:) Haste ye back!

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Do it yourself

The train is vintage and fun (although most of the restrooms were not in operation!). The journey is beautiful with lots of photo ops along the way. The turn around point provided a leg stretch and the locals turned out with plenty hand made items...More

3  Thank vtowngirl
Back2NatureTours, Public Relations Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Vtowngirl. Thanks for the feedback. Sorry about the van playing up after collecting you from the station. I was one of the three fiddlers so that couldn't fix the problem. In these situations are main priority is to make sure you get back to...More

Reviewed 24 March 2018
Wonderful journey

We took the afternoon train and sat in the old carriages.It was very comfortable and leisurely journey with fantastic views. The commentary was great and a complimentary brochure with the map of the journey.

Thank tmw55
Back2NatureTours, Public Relations Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi TMW, Thanks for being part of our journey! Haste ye Back!

Reviewed 21 March 2018
Spend half a day

The train station is amazing, the old train is a treat, and the guy running the commentary is funny and entertaining. The cheese roll we bought from the food car was quite awful and we should have packed a lunch or bought something else. Since...More

Thank Cindy D
Back2NatureTours, Public Relations Manager at Back to Nature Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Cindy, There's nothing worse than a rubbish cheese roll... i'm glad to hear it didn't stop you from loving your day - the world needs more like you and less bad cheese rolls! Haste ye back!

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