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Dunedin City, Castle, and Gardens

Price: $120.00
This tour operates from October through April.
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Dunedin City, Castle, and Gardens

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the very best Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula has to offer with a shore excursion combining a sightseeing journey through Dunedin City, a tour of Larnach Castle, and a visit to Dunedin's Chinese Gardens and the nearby Otago Early Settlers Museum.

Start your day with a very informative and entertaining tour of Dunedin City, which is regarded as one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. See sights that include the University of Otago (New Zealand's first university), the renowned Botanical Gardens, historic buildings, Neo-Gothic architecture, cathedrals, historic mansions, and the world's steepest street, Baldwin Street, with many photo opportunities.

Travel through the spectacular scenery of the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, a top destination when visiting Dunedin. You will be transported back in time with a guided tour of New Zealand's only Victorian castle, built in 1871. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of the castle whilst enjoying the magnificent splendor of a bygone era. Your tour also includes the castle's gardens, which have been recognized as a Garden of International Significance, and provide breathtaking views from this commanding vantage point on the Otago Peninsula. There will be free time for lunch at the castle's cafe (not included).

Departing Larnach Castle, sit back and relax during the approximately 45-minute return to Dunedin along the Otago Peninsula, which provides magnificent views of iconic landscapes along the way. The peninsula is a long and hilly indented finger of land that forms the easternmost part of New Zealand. Volcanic in origin, it forms one wall of the eroded valley that now holds Otago Harbour and represents the only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Head to Dunedin's Chinese Garden, built by a team of Shanghai-based artisans and craftsmen as a permanent recognition of the Chinese people who came to Otago during the Gold Rush in 1880 and decided to stay. Following your visit to the gardens, there will also be time to explore the nearby Otago Early Settlers Museum. You will be returned to your ship upon completion of the Otago Early Settlers Museum visit.

Book this tour for a delectable and enlightening New Zealand experience!

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
7 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
Participants must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. A collapsible wheelchair or walker can be accommodated, but those who are mobility impaired must have a companion to assist them, and they may have difficulty at the Lanarch Castle. There are 150 steps to climb during the tour to visit all the sites.
5 Stars5Based On 4 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsDunedin city, castle & GardensApril 04, 2019

Reviewer: Denise Denton
Fantastic tour, plenty to see and do. Interesting tour of Dunedin and seeing the wolds steepest street was great. Lamar has Castle tour and gardens was the highlight could well recommend this tour and finish up at the Chinese gardens was great. Our tour guide was excellent with knowledge and really made the tour. Thankyou for a great day

5 StarsGreat tourMarch 25, 2019

Reviewer: John Sikora
Forgetting about the fact that the tour was significantly cheaper, smaller, and more personal than the standard cruise ship mass bus tour, it was an excellently run tour. Well paced without being pushed from spot to spot with very good local knowledge.

5 StarsLarnach Castle was beautifulMarch 21, 2019

Reviewer: Cherlyn Johnson
We really enjoyed the Larnach Castle tour - the grounds were beautiful, and we enjoyed a lovely snack (and the best mocha) in their little cafe. The guide and tour of the area was very enjoyable.

5 StarsExcursionFebruary 19, 2019

Reviewer: Roger Halliday
This was a really well organised and interesting trip, lt also balanced out free time with a guided tour. The tour guides both on the bus and at the castle were very good

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