Our first port where the ship docked was Dunedin. A cold 12 degrees and cloudy day greeted us. We had booked a ship organised excursion for this port. We disembarked the ship and took the Taieri Gorge Train excursion directly from outside the port gates.
Before I talk about the tour, I thought it might be interesting to comment on the port facilities here. With a planned 80 cruise ship visits this season, New Zealand is certainly benefitting from the cruise boom and this has helped tourism immensely. For Dunedin, we docked at Port Chalmers, a working port. With wood chips on one side, logs on the other, there was certainly no band here for the meet and greet. But who cared.... We got off the ship and got onto our tours very quickly. No issues at all.
The tour we took involved a half day trip on an antique railway from the early 1900s. It took us up into Taieri Gorge which was really nice. They served drinks, morning tea and lunch aboard and we had some great scenic views. This tour was really good and worth considering if you come here.
On the way back we could either go into town and catch a complimentary shuttle bus back, return to the ship or join other tours. We returned to the ship instead. What a lovely place though. Unfortunately the sun did not come out until the evening.
Some photos of the view on the tour