A highlight of any visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway -- one of the world's greatest train trips through rugged landscapes and hand-carved tunnels.
Provider: Holland America Line
This was by far the best excursion of the whole trip. The train picked us up at the wharf and we started off with champagne and orange juice. A bit later on we had morning tea, which was a cuppa and a short bread. We had a stop half way up and the locals were there with a small craft market. Then at the end of the line, there was a bigger craft market. We were told that the market only operates when the cruise ships come in.
On the way back, we had a lovely lunch with more wine.
We got off at Dunedin station to explore the city, our mother went on back to the ship.
There was a festival on which was a bonus for us.
At the end as we were leaving the wharf, we where sent off by a Pipe band which was lovely,
Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines
Definitely worthwhile to take the Taieri Gorge Railway to see some of the scenery in this beautiful country - takes you from Port Chalmers (dock) thru Dunedin thru farmland thru high hills/forest areas and back again. You are served tea/coffee there and a delicious box lunch with sandwich, salad, cheese, dessert on the way back. Train station is beautiful. Note 1: Yes, you can pick up the train in Dunedin, but you must get there first from the ship and it's about 30 mins away; if you take the ship shore excursion, so it may cost alittle more, but with less hassle and you have first choice of seats. Note 2: There is no free time if you see both sights (train and castle) to do exploring/shopping.
Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent ride.. tho exorbitantly priced through Cruise Line. Even with $12 fare each way on shuttle is a better deal, and with time in Dunedin.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Outstanding experience and the operator supplied a shuttle bus from the terminal to the station. A town tour was also offered at minimal cost after the train trip. The views were spectacular. A cafe operated on the train.
Provider: Independent Operator