Dunedin City, Castle, and Gardens

Dunedin City, Castle, and Chinese Gardens
Price: $120.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
Restrictions 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.

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 an enlightening New Zealand experience!

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  5 ReviewsReview This Tour
A lovely visit
February 25, 2020
We enjoyed visiting the castle and, especially the awesome view from the top. The gardens were lovely and we had plenty of time to enjoy them as we waited for our tour. We enjoyed our lunch from the cafe as we listened to the young bagpiper by the castle. We liked stopping for the photo opportunities from across the bay.
Reviewer: Susan Ten Eyck
5 Stars
Dunedin city, castle & Gardens
April 04, 2019
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
Reviewer: Denise Denton
5 Stars
Great tour
March 25, 2019
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.
Reviewer: John Sikora
5 Stars
Larnach Castle was beautiful
March 21, 2019
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.
Reviewer: Cherlyn Johnson
5 Stars
February 19, 2019
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
Reviewer: Roger Halliday
5 Stars