Larnach Castle, Peninsula and City Tour
A fulfilling day of iconic landmarks and scenic lookout begins with a visit to the world's steepest street, Baldwin Street, before strolling the vibrant University of Otago campus. Thereafter, you'll explore the breathtaking Dunedin Grand Railway Station to see the Taieri Gorge Train. After spending time in the Octagon section of town, you'll travel by St. Clair Beach for a great view. For the grand finale, you'll explore the brilliant Larnach Castle and its spectacular garden. Travelers wanting to make true memories in New Zealand will enjoy this comprehensive Dunedin tour.
A visit to Baldwin Street, noted by Guinness Book of World Records as the steepest street in the world, begins your guided adventure. You may walk up, or be driven to the top. The corner boutique at the top has interesting wares on display.
Next, you'll head to University of Otago to see the old clock tower building, before your visit to the Grand Railway Station. Erected in 1906, the Flemish renaissance styled station resembles a giant, white gingerbread house. Inside, you may find the old Taieri Gorge train. This comfortable train still provides epic views as it crosses the Taieri plains to climb the Taieri Gorge.
You will have time to purchase lunch at one of the many restaurants in the trendy Octagon district of town before traveling to St. Clair Beach. Hugging the beach is a picturesque esplanade; at nearly two miles long, you'll have plenty of space for a lovely walk and possibly see a surfer.
For the grande finale, ride along the scenic Otago Peninsula high road to Larnach Castle. Built in the Gothic Revival style in 1875, the castle features five spectacular gardens. You will have a guided tour of the entire manor, from the gun room to the gardens. Reserve this lovely outing to create your Dunedin memories.
Our first stop on a 13-night cruise to NZ. This tour was excellent and our guide was wonderful. The history of the castle, from its discovery to current day, was really interesting - what an undertaking ! The workmanship in the rooms is amazing - especially liked a lot of the wood work. Well worth the time. The small group size was an added bonus. Thank You !
Reviewer: Ann Stafford
Great tour! Kim and his wife, Ann, are wonderful tour guides. Kim first took us to the University of Otago campus with it's beautiful, old buildings. Stopped at Larnach's Tomb, then to Signal Hill with it's fantastic city views. Saw the World's Steepest Street. Our Larnach Castle tour was very interesting. Also saw the Dunedin Railway Station. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Paula Mills
We ended up with only 4 people so got an awesome personalized tour!! Great driver, beautiful sights!!
Reviewer: Deb Fiscus
The direction provided were spot on. Out guide, Scotty, was awesome. Loved the fact that the tour was a small group. Enjoyed the tour and history of this beautiful area— our intro to New Zealand. Good value for the money.
Reviewer: Susan Rhew
We thought we were back in Scotland during this tour in Dunedin! The city tour with train station and university was informative and we even got to walk up the steepest street in the world. The castle and grounds were beautiful and the traditional Scottish lunch was tasty. We especially enjoyed the small group and guide!