HALF DAY TOUR

2L - LARNACH CASTLE + WILDLIFE CRUISE


Adult:
$140 | Child: $66 (5-14yrs) | Infant: $0 (0-4yrs)


MONARCH WILDLIFE CRUISE + LARNACH CASTLE TOUR + SCENIC BUS TOUR


TOUR OVERVIEW:
Travel by bus via the Otago Peninsula high road. Enjoy scenic views down the Otago Harbour and out across the rugged coastline. 

Take a wonderful journey back in time with our guide, on a personal tour of New Zealand's castle. Built in 1871, it took two hundred workers roughly three years to build the exterior shell and a further twelve years for master European craftsmen to finish the interior.

Over the years the castle and grounds fell in to ruin and disrepair. In 1967 the property was bought by the Barker family who have spent many years restoring it to its former grandeur.

During the tour you’ll see the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and painstakingly restored original features. Hear the scandalous and tragic history of the original owner, William Larnach who took his own life with a single shot to the head. Climb the spiral staircase to the rooftop tower for stunning 360° views. We highly recommend a short walk around the beautiful gardens of international significance.

Time is allowed for you to revisit areas of the castle before meeting back at the bus and continuing on towards Wellers Rock Wharf.

Join our invigorating Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, home to the world's only mainland nesting place of royal albatross. Watch as these huge birds glide in from the ocean and soar high above their hillside nests.

You’ll cruise beneath a historic lighthouse, perched high above volcanic cliffs. Watch as NZ fur seals play and swim near their breeding colonies below. Then it’s a short way out to sea where we spot other species of albatross, cormorants, petrels and other rarely seen ocean birds.

Occasionally we might spot blue penguins, dusky or hectors dolphins or a large NZ sea lion.

The tour finishes by busing back to Dunedin city*
*Harbour Cruise back to the city during the Winter months.

 

SUMMER
TIMES

1 OCTOBER - 8 APRIL

start: 10:30am | finish: 03:30pm
- bus to and from Dunedin.

WINTER
TIMES

9 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER

start: 11:30pm | finish: 05:00pm
- bus out and cruise back to Dunedin.

PLEASE NOTE:
A medium level of fitness is required on this tour. Larnach Castle has several flights of stairs without any lifts. Please contact us if you are unsure if this tour is suitable for you.

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Scandalous stories! History! Beautiful architecture! Amazing gardens!
— Something for everyone
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FAQ:

Can I buy lunch on this tour?
Time is allowed to purchase a quick coffee and cake from the Ballroom Cafe. Cold Drinks and snacks can also be purchased whilst aboard the Wildlife Cruise. You’re welcome to bring a packed lunch on tour with you.

Is this tour suitable for those with limited mobility ?
The castle has four different levels connected by stairs. We don’t recommend people constrained to wheelchairs take this tour as there are no lifts between floors. Please contact us if you are unsure.


This tour departs from:
20 Fryatt Street,
Dunedin