Taieri Gorge, shuttle and activities Ex Port

Travelling by cruise ship is an amazing way to explore New Zealand. Cruise ships are a regular visitor to Dunedin's Port Chalmers throughout the summer months. We encourage all cruise passengers to book a shore excursion though the ship. The ships organised shore excursion is one of the most popular throughout New Zealand and offers an easy and convenient way to see the spectacular and rugged scenery of the Taieri Gorge.

From $145 per person

Port Chalmers to Taieri Gorge

4.5 hrs


All year

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Taieri Gorge Railway, shuttle from Port and activities

The train runs most mornings and at four hours return it will fit in with your days plans perfectly. 

After making your own way to the departure point of Dunedin Railway Station (details below) you will board the train to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Taieri Gorge.   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 the book here button or contact us by email.

Getting to Dunedin Railway Station

The train that departs the wharf is the shore excursion that you must book through your cruise company.   If you are booked on our regular service you will need to make your way to Dunedin Railway Station which is 20 minutes drive away.

You can book a return shuttle to the station along with a choice of a city sights tour (city hopper), stunning Larnach Castle or the stately historical home of Olveston.  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.



The Taieri Gorge  train departs Dunedin Station at 9.30am.  If you are on one of a small number of cruises that dock after 8.45am  (or if your cruise arrives a bit late) - don't worry - you can still take the train by also booking a port transfer and sightseeing option (see below).  We will automatically change your booking to be a coach/train combo.  You will take a coach to the turn around point and then return to the city by train. If  your ship unexpectedly arrives late please see the Headfirst-shuttle team on the wharf as soon as you can and well see what is possible on the day.

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

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