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Taieri Gorge Railway
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Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin
Ranked #3 of 48 Tours in Dunedin
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Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway - one of the world's great train trips and one of Dunedin's top attractions. Departing daily from downtown Dunedin into the Taieri Gorge, this trip travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful and ever changing scenery which can not seen from the road! With sightseeing stops, on board cafe, outside viewing platforms it is the perfect all weather activity and one of the key attractions in Dunedin - not to be missed.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Lazy Travelling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

All aboard - comfortable, scenery spectacular, food available at reasonable prices - but in winter it wasn't pleasant when 1/2 the passengers had colds and insisted on sneezing all over everything. Middlemarch was quaint. Great trip for older travellers - but younger ones get bored very quickly.

Visited July 2014
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“a trip back in time....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We booked our trip online and well in advance and were expecting comfortable seating for our 5 hour trip to Middlemarch and back. However, I do believe we were in one of the oldest original cars with no heat and seats that might comfortably fit children but not four grown adults. It was very difficult to get into and out of the seats as there was a table separating the seating for four which could not be moved. Seeing the men get into and out of the seats did provide some laughter and maybe a few foul words on their part :-) That being said....... The scenery along the route was lovely and I spent the bulk of my time hanging off ( not literally) the back caboose car taking pictures. This also freed up some needed space for seating between my other three adult companions.... We passed flowing rivers, valleys, farms with animals grazing - some wonderful sights worthy of photographing. Watching as the train moved through tunnels and over the Wingatui Viaduct as well as along other curved train bridges was fun and amazing. We even passed an area with children waving as the train went by ( sure hope this isn't their only form of entertainment). The train arrived in Middlemarch which is a quiet country town where we spent about an hour, long enough to buy a sandwich and a drink - although some folks just ordered things from the train ( a bit pricey though) then we returned along the same route heading back to Dunedin - it gave a different perspective and still provided for some equally amazing photo opportunities. The train was running late and we almost missed the departure return time for the cruise ship we were on so be careful and choose your train tour with this in mind if it applies. I would give the over all rating a two thumbs up however in the interest of fairness my husband and brother- in- law slept all the way back from Middlemarch and my sister-in-law read her book.....

Visited March 2014
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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“Worthwhile day trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Definitley worth the money. Nice half day trip on an old train. Great scenery and 2-3 stops to get off the train for a walk and photographs.

Would recommend pre-booking and ordering the lunch pack as it is great value for money

Visited July 2014
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Sabadell, Spain
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“Fantastic trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

If you have time make sure you book onto this trip. We did the 2 hour trip and back. Our carriage was quite busy whilst other carriages seemed quite empty so not sure how they work out spacing carriages apart. But you kind of need to seat where you are told, but feel free to move about once the train has got going. It was nice to be able to lean out of the train (although watch the young ones). Also, best idea to take some food and drink with you for the journey. The staion it leaves from and returns to is also stunning.

Visited June 2014
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MurrayBond, Public Relations Manager at Taieri Gorge Railway, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Hello and thanks for your review.
We allocate all our seating but providing the train is not full, you can probably move around a bit once the train moves out of the station which you have pointed out.
Yes, we do allow passengers to bring their own food but we do have a very nice cafe carriage which does some lovely food and really great coffee!!!
We have open air platforms and you can stand outside while the train moves along - but not leaning out too far! Like any railway line, our tunnels accommodate a train very well but there is little room for extra bits hanging out.
Thanks once again - hope to see you back one day.
Barbara Reid, Marketing Manager, TGR
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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“An unexpected delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We travelled on the Taieri George Railway expecting something similar to the preserved rail lines in the UK but this is rather more spectacular. We were very lucky with the weather but even on a cloudy day the trip along the george would be worth making. Wingatui Viaduct is something of a highlight but there are plenty of other places to get out onto the ends of the coaches and take photographs. The en-route commentary from the staff is helpful and informative and will give you a good insight into the history of the local area. The rolling stock is older and less modern than on the Trans alpine, but that is a major part of the attraction.
There is relatively little to do in Middlemarch, but you'll have enough time for a meal and/or coffee at one of the cafes in the town.
This would be a good way to get to and from the end of the Otago Rail Trail too.

Visited November 2013
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MurrayBond, Public Relations Manager at Taieri Gorge Railway, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Hello and thank you for taking the time to reveiw Taieri Gorge Railway. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your trip with us.
We are very fortunate that this fabulous railway line was preserved and along this line there are some amazing structures - all built by hand over 100 years ago.
We have a lovely eclectic mix of heritage carriages and more modern carriages which adds an ambience to the trip.
If you do go on the Middlemarch trip there are a couple of cafes in Middlemarch which do amazing coffee (that is if you have not had one of our great coffees on baord the train!).
Thanks
Barbara Reid, Marketing Manager, TGR
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