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Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights with Larnach Castle

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Make the most of your time on this half-day "Highlights" small group, personal tour. You will see and learn about Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with your own guide, including entry to historic Larnach Castle.

About us:

Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - we have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands.

Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is commentated from start to finish - we delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!

What You'll Get

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: University of Otago, 362 Leith Street, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

Welcome to the 'Edinburgh of the South'! Come with us to explore this scenic, historic and very friendly corner of New Zealand. After meeting you at Port Chalmers (Dunedin's port) we travel past New Zealand's first university. Founded in 1869 with 3 professors, now home to over 20,000 students.

Stop At: Dunedin Railway Station, 3074332, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand

Next we take you to what some say is New Zealand's most photographed building - the Dunedin Railway Station. This Edwardian Baroque masterpiece was once New Zealand's busiest station and was lavishly constructed when the city was rich with gold. See the intricate mosaic floors in the booking hall, and admire the detailed facade.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Octagon, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand

We then see the beating heart of Dunedin City - the Octagon. Perhaps grab a coffee (own cost) and admire several of Dunedin's significant buildings, or view the Robert Burns statue which is a nod to the city's Scottish heritage.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

Amazing scenery then awaits as we travel out on the bottom section of Otago Peninsula. Enjoy quaint bays and waterside views as we travel along the low road. We then take the high road up to Larnach Castle, which afford panoramic views over the city and harbour below.

Stop At: Larnach Castle & Gardens, 145 Camp Rd Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

Next is what many view as the highlight of the tour - Larnach Castle. Explore the history and intrigue of the sprawling homestead - lovingly restored high on the Otago Peninsula. Constructed in the 1870's, this grandiose home was constructed and furnished with the finest materials from around the world. Today - you can admire the period furniture, take in the views from the lookout tower, and explore the gardens which are designated 'A Garden of International Significance'. We also have time here to enjoy a bite to eat in the ballroom (at your cost).

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: St Clair Beach, Dunedin 9012 New Zealand

The drive back to port takes a very scenic route. See the rugged southern coast of Dunedin as we wind our way back to the city. Spot surfers out on the chilly waves - straight from Antarctica!

Stop At: Signal Hill Road, Dunedin New Zealand

To see where we've been for the day we travel up to the Signal Hill lookout. Get fantastic photos of Dunedin city, Otago Peninsula and Otago Harbour from up high.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World, Baldwin Street, Dunedin 9010 New Zealand

Our usual last stop is one of Dunedin's most famous locations - the steepest street in the world! Test yourself to see how far up you can walk! And make sure you get an optical illusion photograph!

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • On rare occasions we may be required to substitute a different vehicle onto this tour which has 22 seats.
  • Please note that the order of the tour may vary depending on the weather conditions, ships arrival times and traffic issues.
  • This tour is unsuitable for wheelchair users (electric or folding mobility scooters) as the vehicle has no luggage space. Collapsible walkers are ok.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan.
  • Experienced, local driver/guide.
  • Port pickup and drop-off.
  • Entry to Larnach Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens

  • Lunch is not included, but a table is reserved if you wish to eat at Larnach Castle.
  • The cost of any additional option entry fees.

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
On disembarking your ship please enter the Visitor Terminal on the wharf. Your guide will be waiting in the 'Private Tours' meeting area, holding a Shore Trips and Tours sign.

Port Chalmers - Dunedin

Departure Time
9:30 AM

6 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.