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
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided Tour through Larnach Castle (incl. entry fee)
One hour Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head
Pickups from central Dunedin city accommodation
Interactive commentary from our expert, local team
Scenic bus tour along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula
Meals (guests are welcome to pack a lunch)
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.