Silver Fern Train and Moeraki Boulders
Skip the typical cruise line tours and opt to hop on the Silver Fern Railcar for a spectacular coastal train journey!
Meet up with your driver/guide at the Waitati Station for a day in Moeraki and Dunedin City that you won't soon forget. Start with a brief sightseeing tour of Dunedin including Signal Hill lookout, the Octagon city centre and the Grand Railway Station.
Once aboard the Silver Fern Railcar you will be treated to complimentary New Zealand wine or beer plus a local cheeseboard as you soak in beautiful rural and coastal views from your comfortable seat. This historic 92-passenger train operated regularly between Aukland and Wellington in the 1970s and 1980s and was recently brought back into operation.
Upon arrival in Moeraki, you will make your way to Moeraki Boulders Cafe for a snack or light lunch of fresh seafood (at your own expense) before making your way to Koekohe Beach to examine and photograph the famed Moeraki boulders.
These large, spherical boulders were formed in ancient sea floor sediments more than 4 million years ago and, according to Maori legend, were the remains of kumaras, calabashes and eel baskets that washed ashore following the wreck of the legendary canoe Araiteuru.
Next up is an in-depth tour of Dunedin City, New Zealand's best kept secret! This lively town is brimming with beautiful Victorian architecture, cozy cafes, and the vibrant University of Otago. While here, take in the highlights including Baldwin Street - the world' steepest road, the lush Olveston Gardens and Toitu Museum showcasing the city's first settlers.
This popular tour sells out fast as space is limited! Sign up today and remember to bring your camera for a day full of memorable moments.
Reviewer: William Jatczak
When we first met our guide we were pleasnting surprised to find out the 4 of us were the only ones on the tour. Then he told us the Train was broken down. He did have a couple of options for alternatives as well as getting out money back. We picked one of the options which was to have a tour with a Native New Zealander, we drove out to the small village, were we went on a boat and paddled across the river. We planted bushes to help save the Sand Bar and then went on walking tour of the ocean beach. We had lunch with wine provided by the guides and a local deli next to the tour shop. We then went to the Boulders, and returned to the ship in plenty of time. While we know we were lucky to have a very private tour we will definitely try more Small group Excursions from Shore Excursion Group on our next cruise.
Reviewer: Joanne Genzale
Everything was great about this tour, from the train ride to the boulders by the sea, and the food was amazing at lunch with the great wine. The driver was so courteous and very informative about everything. One of the best tours I have ever taken. Thank You