Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway

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Vicki Hoskinson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely great commentary, outstanding journey

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Wil Goes

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

A nice train ride into the gorge, with lots of photo opportunities. The trains are the old 'Mitsus', since new ones do not fit through the tunnels. Lots of side information while you just 'sit' and enjoy the ride.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Eric Lambley

England

Ranking: 7/10

Despite the cloudy weather, this was enjoyable. The commentary was available all over the train (even outside), and there were ample photo stops/points.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Kath Tonkin

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Everyday from Dunedin Railway Station to Middlemarch and back - beautiful journey up an impressively built railway.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Trish Saunders

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Go all the way to Middlemarch. Stunning scenery. Great staff.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Elly Zimmer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It should be a scenic route, but at that time we had seen enough of other much more scenic landscapes and places.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Fabian Lee

England

Ranking: 6/10

Touristy and at $89 quite expensive. I enjoyed the scenery but something I can't put my finger on was missing. Maybe an authentic train would have helped.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Kerri

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A not to miss experience! A relaxing way to see the beautiful scenery.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Sylvia Klatt

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Nice train but too expensive and no real spectacular view for such a price.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Pete Wilson

England

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Willem de Jong

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice train ride, with a lot of bridges and tunnels.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mike Edwards

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent tour.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Signe Kaspersen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Gently and easy - beautiful views and good service.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Hazel & Alan Damerell

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent value for money, good service and care.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Nico Schoots

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Historic train, good experience and a nice track.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Karl Brachtl

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect guide and very friendly and helpful office staff.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Nico Welagen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful trip, a bit expensive for what was offered.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Horst Langstein

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A very good service.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Des & Ann Bidwell

England

Ranking: 10/10

Very good trip. We would love to see more railways in New Zealand.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Michael & Janet

England

Ranking: 9/10

Superb scenery.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Beeny

England

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting historical commentary.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Les Barnes

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent trip and commentary.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Colin Jenkins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good trip, very enjoyable.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Stanton

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A really unusual and spectacular way to see the gorge country from Dunedin. It was a relaxing experience. Plenty of food and drink, timely stops and the volunteers were just great. Commentary was also excellent. Well worth doing. Added bonus were the quaint stops with mini markets selling wares. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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John & Lorraine

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Good day out.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Laurie Smith

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Very good.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Malcolm McLean

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great halfday trip there and back. Great views and interesting commentary along the way.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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David Mellard

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent service and facilities - met very friendly and helpful people on train. Scenery amazing.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Zuur

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice trip, good explanations.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Juergen Wolf

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscape.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Erin

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

Not really a great money-spending activity for someone backpacking. Was interesting but if the weather is bad it is not worth it.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Robin Schomburg

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful trip, good service, booking office helpful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Paul Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic scenery and helpful information.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Robert Haidt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful half day return train trip to Central Otago along a river with marvellous landscape.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rosey834

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

All I can say is WOW!!!!!!. Absolutely great views in the gorge. When train climbed out of the gorge and travelled on the plateau, I felt like I was travelling along the top of the world. Thank goodness for digital cameras as I took about 150 photos. Would be even better experience with observation carriage. Train stops at great locations for photos. Photographers shared the photo opportunities whilst train was moving. Can't say that with the people on that other popular ride, TranzAlpine. Bunch of selfish people there. See my review for that ride.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Lizzie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I've been waiting years to do this trip and it was so well worth the wait. The Taieri Gorge is lovely and even if the broom is a pest it's beautiful in full bloom. I took far too many photos. It would be great if the train had a proper observation car (I encountered one on a fabulous train trip in Peru) as the platforms at the ends of the carriages got a bit crowded and taking photos through windows is never really satisfactory. But there were several good photo stops and the crew were very helpful and informative. I really recommend this trip.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Beverly B

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Well worth while commentary + great views. Value for money, great for train buffs.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Margie

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Well done - great commentary - both humorous and informative.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kerry Wood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great train ride.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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SimonR

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view, good price

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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J Kempeneers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views; nicely conserved old train to travel in. Bit pricey for its service and delivery.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Maria Newton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Pleasant experience, informative, must have travel in old style coach, buffet on board - scenery fanatstic.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Chris & Dawn Humphries

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely fantastic. Train great, scenery amazing, reasonable price.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Giaque

Switzerland

Ranking: 5/10

Not recommended for Swis because we have a lot of these kind of excursions.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Deede K

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We liked it very much but the commentary was only in English.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Kathrin Thomas

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Spectacular scenery, best tourist train trip I have done. Why does New Zealand not make the most of a good rail system for every day passengers, especially along the coasts?

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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john west

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting ride. We wondered how it could have been built. Afterwards, take the drive from Palmerston to Middlemarch over high country and see a huge gold mine that is still working.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2009

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ianc

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent from start to finsish. Amazing engineering that works just for a 'hobby'.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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koellner

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

To long for small children and nothing special for us. Too expensive but good for railways lovers - others should spend their money somewhere else.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ruth Kinder

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

A great experience in a beautyful landscape! We enjoyed the traintrip on board this historic composition! Several bridges, tunnels and historic sites along the railwayline made this journey unforgetable!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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harryb

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Lots of good information and a very relaxing trip.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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regw

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great train journey.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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VacherD

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice. We enjoyed this trip.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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SSheil

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very good - pleasant condition. Good commentary.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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gerrys

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

$80 p/p and kids are free. Spectacular. The stop at Middlemarch was a bit of disappointment.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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streneer

England

Ranking: 10/10

Well run and informative. A good afternoon trip.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Mike

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Rainy day but lots of useful info by train manager over speaker system. History & description of scenery etc.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Roy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic journey into a narrow gorge.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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A

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful trip. Everything on time, stunning scenery, awesome engineering.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Paul

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Trip was nice, information guide good. Only thing was that our trip was delayed due to previous waiting for cruise ship and it was short.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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jonathan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A very good trip - spacious coaches and friendly, informed staff.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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martina

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Nice trip but should be warmer inside the train in winter.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Esther

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice views but a really cold train in winter.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Helen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good insight into Central Otago. Beautiful scenery, nice relaxing day.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Liz

England

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic commentary. Exceptional ride.

Reviewed over 12 years ago