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Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin provided by Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin
4.5
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from $117.95 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
This trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway is an experience perfect for train buffs or anyone looking for an adventure. Board a train that journeys into a wild and gorgeous landscape, traveling through a part of the countryside that's inaccessible by road. Along the way, learn about the railway's construction and other interesting facts from onboard commentary.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Catch a train at the easy-to-find Dunedin's historic rail station
See beautiful scenery in a roadless area you couldn't see by car
Learn as your ride with this tour that's full of history and railway facts
Great way to get to beyond developed parts of New Zealand
What to expect
Make your way to the Dunedin Railway Station, whose Renaissance revival architecture makes it among the city's most eye-catching landmarks. Step onto the Taieri Gorge Railway, and then pull away from the station and into the South Island countryside. There's a cafe and bar on board if you'd like to grab a drink or a snack, or just sit back and watch the scenery unfold as a guide shares stories from the train's past, from engineering challenges to the terrain itself. The return journey to Dunedin follows the same route, but gives an entirely different perspective on the green valleys and hills, with twists and turns that keep the ride engaging until you arrive back at the station.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17149P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Rail Tour • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
The listed price does not include local parking charges • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Food and drinks • DVD (available to purchase) • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
Dunedin Railway Station, 3074332, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand Departure Point: Dunedin Railway Station - Downtown Dunedin, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin 7 minutes walk from the Octagon Please note - the standard trip to Pukerangi is four hours return and the Middlemarch trip is six hours return. All tours depart from and return to Dunedin Railway station.
Inclusions
Rail Tour • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
The listed price does not include local parking charges • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Food and drinks • DVD (available to purchase) • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Departure details
Dunedin Railway Station, 3074332, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand Departure Point: Dunedin Railway Station - Downtown Dunedin, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin 7 minutes walk from the Octagon Please note - the standard trip to Pukerangi is four hours return and the Middlemarch trip is six hours return. All tours depart from and return to Dunedin Railway station.
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Seats are assigned by the theater box office and will not be known in advance
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Please bring cash for cafe carriage purchases.
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Wheelchair accessible - please give us plenty of prior notice.
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Dunedin Railway Station
    3074332, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Dunedin Railway Station - Downtown Dunedin, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin 7 minutes walk from the Octagon Please note - the standard trip to Pukerangi is four hours return and the Middlemarch trip is six hours return. All tours depart from and return to Dunedin Railway station.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Dunedin
    Taieri Gorge Railway
    Taieri Gorge
    Pukerangi
  • You'll end at
    Dunedin Railway Station
    3074332, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Dunedin Railway Station - Downtown Dunedin, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin 7 minutes walk from the Octagon Please note - the standard trip to Pukerangi is four hours return and the Middlemarch trip is six hours return. All tours depart from and return to Dunedin Railway station.
    See address & details
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4.5
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Phillip
Lower Hutt, New Zealand1 contribution
Tickets
Jun 2020 • Couples
Why are you selling tickets when the railway isn't currently operating ,? I brought tickets and was given a date etc but the Train isn't going,!
Written 20 May 2021
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ConnaghNadia
1 contribution
Awesome Experience
Feb 2021 • Family
Absolutely stunning views, tunnels, wild goats, great commentary, lovely staff - a must do with the family.
Written 6 February 2021
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Gio9040
Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
An experience not to be missed.
Jan 2021
A really enjoyable trip to Hindon. Opened up wonderful country to me - right on my doorstep. The staff on the train were attentive, and did everything with a smile and a good word. The commentator was great too - informative, relaxed and humorous. Great chicken pies also!
Written 31 January 2021
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janice
1 contribution
The Inlander
Jan 2021 • Solo
The whole trip was enjoyable.
The seats were comfortable and the commentary was great.
The views were fantastic
Written 31 January 2021
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Kshoebee
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
Great time
Jan 2021
Purchased the Taieri Gorge trip as a Christmas gift for my hubby. We had a great time, the staff was friendly and the cafe had good food. Can’t wait to do the Sealander trip! So glad the trains are running again!
Written 11 January 2021
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,161 contributions
Historic and scenic railway experience
Mar 2020
We booked the return trip from Dunedin to Pukerangi a couple of months in advance at $115 per adult and travelled in March 2020, prior to Covid-19 lockdown. The train departed at 9.00am and returned at 2.00pm.

We allowed ourselves plenty of time to park our car near the station which was fortunate as we only got a space after some circling then someone gave us the nod to indicate that they were departing. Parking was $5.50 for the day - credit cards accepted in the machine. I subsequently discovered there were other parking options nearby but wasn't aware of them at the time and had a moment of slight concern we'd miss the train. Best to research the possibilities in advance to avoid issues.

The train wasn't busy - we had checked online before booking to ensure that there were no cruise ships due in port that day. However in light of the restrictions on passengers disembarking ships due to coronovirus concerns it transpires this was not an issue at the time of travel.

The station is well worth a look around either prior to departure or on return as it is an attractive building. We had seen it on a previous visit to the city so didn't need to explore again. This time around it was good to be just boarding the Taieri Gorge train.

When we collected our tickets we were provided with a map of the journey which gave some facts and figures and was useful to monitor progress.

On board we were next to the buffet carriage so it was handy for refreshments - we got some sandwiches, coffees and even some wine which were all fine from a taste and cost point of view. Cash is required due to poor signal onboard for card transactions. The crew were pleasant.

During the trip commentary was provided which was audible in the carriage but not on the open platform where I found myself often, trying to take photographs.

There are parts of the journey which are less interesting especially nearest Dunedin however we found the scenery in and around the Gorge was worth seeing and on the return we were more prepared to snap those moments we had missed on the outbound journey. The train doesn't speed along so there are good opportunities to capture what you see on camera, although others are often trying to do the same thing, so patience and consideration are required. There were a few stops along the way - at Hinden (a station in the middle of nowhere nowadays), at Pukerangi itself (also off the beaten track) and on the return at Arthur's Knob so you can stretch your legs. It would have been great to get some photos of the train from the track at one of the bridges however I guess this wouldn't be feasible on health and safety grounds otherwise it would be done. The Wingatui Viaduct is eye-catching at 47 metres high.

Overall we enjoyed the trip and thought it was good value for money.
Written 4 September 2020
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Juan H
Miami, FL615 contributions
Great views
Sep 2019 • Solo
This experience is amazing, the views are great, fully recommend.
The Dunedin railway is great, maybe the food is not really. Good but is ok the most important is the experience.
Written 8 August 2020
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Ivor
8 contributions
Spectacular views
Feb 2020
This is a day trip with spectacular views good commentary on route, plenty of photo shoots. Suggest take a drink and snack with you. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Written 5 June 2020
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Old Bald Rocker
115 contributions
Amazing day!
Mar 2020
We enjoyed a fabulous day trip with wonderful scenery, great commentary and super service. It knocked the Trans Alpine Railway we had done earlier in our holiday into a cocked hat! We would recommend this far more. We were lucky with the weather and being able to walk over one of the viaducts was an experience I'll never forget (we appreciate only a small number of people get the chance to do this).
Written 25 May 2020
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Kathy
573 contributions
I took hundreds of pictures!
Jan 2020
We learned, in advance, that this was voted one of the "Five Most Beautiful Train Journeys in New Zealand" and we were not disappointed. We did the round-trip option, departing from and returning to the beautiful Dunedin Railway Station, where a couple of local women were dressed in time period costumes. The train was vintage turn of the century, with wood paneling on the walls and ceiling and spacious comfortable seating. Travelers could view the sights from their seats or from open air viewing platforms along the route. The scenery was breathtaking, with viaducts and bridges over deep gorges. I took hundreds of pictures! The track also went through ten tunnels. The entire experience was fabulous.
Written 27 April 2020
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Shawnandkate P
Shawnandkate P
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Fun journey along the coast
Well organised, nice amount of time to stop at the end to check out the shops we went to the brewery loved it, have
Shawnandkate P
Shawnandkate P
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Cool old train
Well organised, nice amount of time to stop at the end of the trail, delightful and helpful staff. Loved the train
buffykc
buffykc
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Relaxing and scenic train trip
Wonderful few hours aboard a fabulous train trip through the gorge - the scenery is superb - staff on board are gre
cwhancock46
cwhancock46
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Scenic rail journey from the coast to the interior of New Zealand's South Island
I traveled with two friends to start a bicycle tour in Middlemarch. Very scenic journey up the large Taleri Gorge.
klvmar
klvmar
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I took hundreds of pictures!
We learned, in advance, that this was voted one of the "Five Most Beautiful Train Journeys in New Zealand" and we w
Lochtravels
Lochtravels
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Great Fun
After completing the Otago Rail Trail, the Taipei Gorge Train is the perfect way to end the adventure. Great scene
Andrew N
Andrew N
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If you can this is well worth a trip (book ahead for discounts)
A lovely way to spend 4.5 hours. Clear informative narration , with wonderful views and very helpful staff.
Michael P
Michael P
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A must do for any rail enthusiast
What a great trip. Amazing scenery and engineering. Lots of photo opportunities. Excellent commentary.
Miles D
Miles D
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Short Train ride to sea the coast
We didn't expect much and enjoyed what we got to see. The train ride has comfortable seating and since there was
PBMCM
PBMCM
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Taiari Railway Tour
Had the opportunity to ride the Taleri Gorge Railway. Train picked us up on the pier where the ship was moored and
RICHARDCFF
RICHARDCFF
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Enjoyable train journey
The beautiful scenery is one reason why one takes the coastal train journey, but the whole experience was enhanced
Nikgiven
Nikgiven
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Way too long
Nice afternoon out, but way to long for us. Mostly enjoyed trip to halfway point, but then 2 hours back the same wa
RJOJOHN
RJOJOHN
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Waste of time
This tour is a waste of time, as you can see, and stop, at the same views that you drive past to get from port to r
Laceypefc60
Laceypefc60
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Brilliant
We have just returned from a trip to new Zealand and booked on a trip on the seasider train journey the journey was
GeorgeBlackadder
GeorgeBlackadder
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Great Little Railway
Stunning scenery on a 4.5 hours trip, admittedly diesel hauled, made this a great trip. Commentary, provided by D
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