Dunedin Taieri Gorge Railway Excursion Reviews

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.
Very enjoyable train ride.
Very enjoyable train ride. Great scenery. Seats are two across with table in the middle. It was great to meet people and talk. You can buy food on the train as well as drinks. Little town at the end had a little flea market with some ... Read More
Very enjoyable train ride. Great scenery. Seats are two across with table in the middle. It was great to meet people and talk. You can buy food on the train as well as drinks. Little town at the end had a little flea market with some great prices on local goods. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The old vintage train was at the cruise berth and manned by volunteers who gave great service, were ...
The old vintage train was at the cruise berth and manned by volunteers who gave great service, were very pleasant and courteous. We're train buffs and enjoyed travelling up the Taieri Gorge listening to all the history and being ... Read More
The old vintage train was at the cruise berth and manned by volunteers who gave great service, were very pleasant and courteous. We're train buffs and enjoyed travelling up the Taieri Gorge listening to all the history and being waited on. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Princess would have made a considerable amount of money with this trip.
Princess would have made a considerable amount of money with this trip. Charged $650 for two of us and it is normally NZ$90 per person. Admittedly this is without food or drink but you would have to consume a huge amount to make up the ... Read More
Princess would have made a considerable amount of money with this trip. Charged $650 for two of us and it is normally NZ$90 per person. Admittedly this is without food or drink but you would have to consume a huge amount to make up the difference. The trip was great but arrive early as we had to sit in an aisle seat both up and down the gorge. However, viewing platforms outside to take photos from. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great experience.
Great experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great food and drink.
Great experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great food and drink. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very enjoyable.
Very enjoyable. Worth it to book via the ship so you are picked up right at the pier on the train. Beautiful vistas and views. Lunch was just ok (included) but they poured lots of beer and wine which was awesome.
Very enjoyable. Worth it to book via the ship so you are picked up right at the pier on the train. Beautiful vistas and views. Lunch was just ok (included) but they poured lots of beer and wine which was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
train and city tour afterwards.
train and city tour afterwards. city tour wasn't much--stop at botanical gardens and the museum.
train and city tour afterwards. city tour wasn't much--stop at botanical gardens and the museum. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The boat was a little late in.
The boat was a little late in. They waited for us. Some people missed the train but they took them to the return point by bus. When we got back the shuttle bus guy asked us when we had to go back to the boat - as we had plenty of time he ... Read More
The boat was a little late in. They waited for us. Some people missed the train but they took them to the return point by bus. When we got back the shuttle bus guy asked us when we had to go back to the boat - as we had plenty of time he gave us a complimentary tour of the city! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises Australia
Great fun even though we got stuck in the restored vintage car instead of the nice modern Panorama ...
Great fun even though we got stuck in the restored vintage car instead of the nice modern Panorama car
Great fun even though we got stuck in the restored vintage car instead of the nice modern Panorama car Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Enjoyable but a bit too long, 2.5 hrs each way, scenary much of a muchness after three hours
Enjoyable but a bit too long, 2.5 hrs each way, scenary much of a muchness after three hours
Enjoyable but a bit too long, 2.5 hrs each way, scenary much of a muchness after three hours Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Incredible scenery on a beautiful afternoon.
Incredible scenery on a beautiful afternoon. Schedule was a bit hurried, trying to get passengers from the cruise ship to the train terminal on time.
Incredible scenery on a beautiful afternoon. Schedule was a bit hurried, trying to get passengers from the cruise ship to the train terminal on time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did the Taieri Gorge Railway, which was beautiful.
We did the Taieri Gorge Railway, which was beautiful. It's significantly cheaper- hundreds of dollars cheaper- to book independently vs going through the cruise line. The Scottish broom flower was in full bloom, and the gorge was ... Read More
We did the Taieri Gorge Railway, which was beautiful. It's significantly cheaper- hundreds of dollars cheaper- to book independently vs going through the cruise line. The Scottish broom flower was in full bloom, and the gorge was covered in a golden yellow. Definitely worth the spectacular views. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Train ride was great.
Train ride was great. Our hosts were wonderful. But the city tour was poor & we didn’t get to see the octagon & had only half an hour in the museum
Train ride was great. Our hosts were wonderful. But the city tour was poor & we didn’t get to see the octagon & had only half an hour in the museum Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great staff of volunteers on the Train.
Great staff of volunteers on the Train. The open air car affords great views of the canyon. If ONLY the Alpine Rail train had the same option.
Great staff of volunteers on the Train. The open air car affords great views of the canyon. If ONLY the Alpine Rail train had the same option. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great experience.
Great experience. Issue with booking through cruise line.
Great experience. Issue with booking through cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
As with most of our excursions, we were late departing (in this case due to the sheer logistics of ...
As with most of our excursions, we were late departing (in this case due to the sheer logistics of the tour’s 300 passengers disembarking and transferring to the privately chartered train - this took an hour). We were directed to a ... Read More
As with most of our excursions, we were late departing (in this case due to the sheer logistics of the tour’s 300 passengers disembarking and transferring to the privately chartered train - this took an hour). We were directed to a particular wagon (so did not get a choice of a period or modern carriage). We had to climb 4 steep ladder steps to board our modern carriage with panoramic windows, with four seats grouped round a table. Clean toilet (one per carriage). The first of only two disembarkation stops was the picturesque, historic Dunedin Railway Station, with its elaborate Victorian façade, complete with towers. The galleried ticket hall has stained glass windows, a colourful tiled frieze and a splendid mosaic floor comprising almost 750,000 Royal Doulton porcelain tiles. The station is surrounded by lovely gardens, with other charming historical buildings nearby. The train then follows the route of pioneers & prospectors. It took quite a while to reach the more picturesque river gorge area. En-route two lovely volunteers served our picnic lunch. The tour included unlimited hot, soft and alcoholic drinks (beer and wine) throughout. We saw some pretty, but not spectacular scenery, and struggled to get a good view of the viaducts. Our photos were pretty rubbish (the observation car was too bouncy) - better just to sit back and enjoy. Also, we couldn’t really hear the onboard commentary. There was nothing at the second and final photo-stop where the train headed back along exactly the same route. The carriage was full, so I had to travel backwards and ended up feeling quite sick. Whilst we enjoyed a relaxing picturesque trip, with hindsight we probably would have picked a different tour, especially as were booked on the more scenic Southern Alps train the following day. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A relaxing ride through the gorges.
A relaxing ride through the gorges. The only downside was the seating was a little tight. But I would recommend the experience.
A relaxing ride through the gorges. The only downside was the seating was a little tight. But I would recommend the experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Great operator.
Great operator. Excellent guides. Train trip was interesting. City tour very good. I heard great things about the Princess train trip which was more expensive but very well done.
Great operator. Excellent guides. Train trip was interesting. City tour very good. I heard great things about the Princess train trip which was more expensive but very well done. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great fun and every seat was a good seat.
Great fun and every seat was a good seat. The attendants on the train were all locals who were volunteers and the wine, beer, soda and food and treats never stopped coming. Fabulous views, interesting seat mates & a wonderful time.
Great fun and every seat was a good seat. The attendants on the train were all locals who were volunteers and the wine, beer, soda and food and treats never stopped coming. Fabulous views, interesting seat mates & a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The train ride was beautiful but hard to get on and off if you have a disability.
The train ride was beautiful but hard to get on and off if you have a disability. The bus ride back was ok but the other bus on the tour kept breaking down. It was a little nerve wracking.
The train ride was beautiful but hard to get on and off if you have a disability. The bus ride back was ok but the other bus on the tour kept breaking down. It was a little nerve wracking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Taieri Gorge Railway booked through the website.
Taieri Gorge Railway booked through the website. An excellent journey up and down the gorge in the mid to late afternoon.
Taieri Gorge Railway booked through the website. An excellent journey up and down the gorge in the mid to late afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nothing special about the train trip.
Nothing special about the train trip. Some nice scenery, but I could have passed this up and explored the town instead.
Nothing special about the train trip. Some nice scenery, but I could have passed this up and explored the town instead. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Brilliant.
Brilliant. Spectacular. Well worth it. I would do it again in a heart-beat. Highlight of my trip.
Brilliant. Spectacular. Well worth it. I would do it again in a heart-beat. Highlight of my trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This is a fabulous train ride to take do Sk for tickets on the right hand side of the train you ...
This is a fabulous train ride to take do Sk for tickets on the right hand side of the train you have the best views of the gorge. You can book thru the railway yourself much cheaper than the ship $99NZ they have free buses into town and ... Read More
This is a fabulous train ride to take do Sk for tickets on the right hand side of the train you have the best views of the gorge. You can book thru the railway yourself much cheaper than the ship $99NZ they have free buses into town and where they let you off the railway is 5 mins walk down the hill. Toilets and food available on board at reasonable cost. At the top of the gorge the local ladies have a small market recommend the fudge! You can have a walk around whilst the engine changes positions, tne view up the top is wonderfully green and lush. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Beautiful ride, highly recommend it.
Beautiful ride, highly recommend it.
Beautiful ride, highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Disappointed in the Superior Package.
Disappointed in the Superior Package. We bought the superior package because we wanted to be picked up and dropped off next to the ship, but I still had to do a bit of walking. Also, since we were fog delayed, they kept threatening to ... Read More
Disappointed in the Superior Package. We bought the superior package because we wanted to be picked up and dropped off next to the ship, but I still had to do a bit of walking. Also, since we were fog delayed, they kept threatening to drop us off in Dunedin and have us take the shuttle back. Didn't have enough time at the Train Station. Just 15 minutes, and I hoped they'd spend more time on the return visit. Maybe they thought they were dropping us off at the train station, so they didn't bother. Something about the crew timing out. Finally, they decided to change crew at Dunedin and return us to the ship. Train was hot, and it was only spring. No opening windows. They seemed to run out of Diet Coke, and didn't tell us. We kept waiting for it, and never got it. The merchants at Pukerangi waited all day for us, and I'd hoped to buy from them. But the train crew didn't let us off the train, because they were running late and timing out. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line