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Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour

By Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Price was undefined, price is now CA $122
Free cancellation available
5h 30m
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Highlights

  • One hour Wildlife Cruise - royal albatross, fur seals & more

  • Larnach Castle - small group guided tour

  • Otago Peninsula scenic bus tour

  • Expert local tour guides

  • Accommodation pickups & dropoffs available

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided Tour through Larnach Castle (incl. entry fee)

  • What's included

    One hour Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head

  • What's included

    Pickups from central Dunedin city accommodation

  • What's included

    Interactive commentary from our expert, local team

  • What's included

    Scenic bus tour along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula

  • What's excluded

    Meals (guests are welcome to pack a lunch)

Know Before You Book

  • This tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility (Larnach Castle has several flights of stairs)

  • The one hour Wildlife Cruise does venture in to the ocean, where there may be motion

What you can expect

History buffs and wildlife enthusiasts will love this half day tour option. Combine the best Wildlife Cruise in Dunedin with a trip to NZ's castle - bus transfers included!

Travel by bus via the Otago Peninsula high road. Enjoy scenic views down the Otago Harbour and out across the rugged coastline. Then 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 degree 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 even a large NZ sea lion.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Otago Harbour & Peninsula
  • 20 Fryatt Street
  • Dunedin Otago 9016

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Monarch city office
  • 20 Fryatt Street
  • Dunedin Otago 9016
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