Best of Dunedin - The Taieri Gorge Train Tour

Best of Dunedin - The Taieri Gorge Train Tour

6.5 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | P C 3 - 2 3 0
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$ 249.95
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Points of Interest

  • Taieri Gorge Railway
Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

An iconic journey through the remote mountain scenery of the world-famous Taieri Gorge.
Inspired by the famous Central Otago gold rush of the 1860's, plans were drawn up for an Otago Central railway line to Cromwell from Dunedin - the largest and richest city in New Zealand at the time.
Experience an epic rail journey over white water rapids, towering viaducts and historic tunnels along the remote Taieri Gorge.
Your rail journey begins by travelling to Dunedin Railway Station in heritage style shuttles or by train. Once you've boarded the train, travel in the comfort of contemporary carriages, fully enclosed with air conditioning, table seating and panoramic windows. The trains are hauled by powerful 1960s DJ diesel electric locomotives.
Continue to the Taieri Gorge, all the way through to Pukerangi, along the way taking in the magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts and bridges, with sheer drops plunging down to the river gorge far below.
Weave your way through no less than eight tunnels carved into the mountain rock, including the famous Caversham Tunnel which is 1,407 metres long, making it the 3rd longest in the South Island. Traverse the historic Wingatui Viaduct, a marvel of 1880s construction that remains the largest wrought iron structure in New Zealand.

Upon arrival back at Dunedin Railway Station, you will have 75 minutes free time to explore before reboarding the train to return to your awaiting ship.

Special Notes:

Please note: At the halfway point of the journey we would kindly ask guests to please swap over to the other side of the Train.
No wheelchair access. Guests not confined to wheelchairs can participate by request 48hrs prior. A small snack box will be provided during the tour.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Port to train station via transfer bus or train

Travel time: 00:20

Return Train ride to Pukerangi

Time at site: 04:45

Dunedin Railway Station - free time

Time at site: 01:15

Return to port on train or transfer bus

Travel time: 00:30