Shuttle and train ex wharf


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We encourage all cruise passangers to book a shore excursion though the ship. Our regular scheduled scenic train tours depart the Railway Station in Dunedin City.

After making your own way to the Dunedin Railway Station (details below) you will board the train to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Taieri Gorge or The Seasider. A detailed description of the public train services can be discovered elsewhere on this site. If you wish to choose one of these option we highly recommend booking in advance as the trains often sell out on days with a cruise ship in town. You can book through book here or contact us by email.

Please note: on some days we do not have the capacity to run a public train trip, please refer to our timetable. If your ship cannot make it into port in time for your trip you will receive a refund.


The train that departs the wharf is the shore excursion booked through your cruise company.  If you are booked on our regular service or short 90 minute trip you will need to get to the Railway Station  in Dunedin which is 20 minutes drive away.

For an extra $45 per person you can book a return shuttle to the station and a short city Sights.  This can be booked online at the same time as your train.  Alternatively you can   get the regular shuttle which usually runs every five minutes to the Octagon and then it is a five minute walk down to the Station.


Our main daily Taieri Gorge or The Seasider train departs the Station at 9.30am.  If you are on one of a small number of cruises that arrive after 8.45am or (if your cruise arrives a bit late) you can still take the train by booking a 'Coach and Train' option where you will take a coach to the turn around point of the the train and then train back to the wharf. . If you've already booked on the normal train but your ship arrives late please see the Headfirst-shuttle team on the wharf.  The shorter The Seasider-Highlights trips depart at 10am 11.50am and 2pm.

you can also book other sightseeing options at the same time as you book your train trip and shuttle to the station.

  • For $95 per person (plus the cost of the train) you can book the Port Shuttle, the short City Sights Trip and a visit to the famous Larnach Castle.
  • For $60 per person  (plus the cost of the train) you can book the Port Shuttle and a visit to Cadbury World.  *please note that a visit to Cadburys involves 150 stairs.  Health and Safety regulations at the site mean you can't carry children on the stairs. Please see the below website for more details.

You can book these trips online online now by clicking 'book now" entering your date of travel and click "ex port" to see the avilable options. 

If you have any question or if you'd rather a human book things in for you feel free to e-mail us on or call us on +64 3 4774449 during NZ business hours.


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