Larnach Castle Entry fee NZD$17.00 per person. Lunch is additional.
Departure time is 9am, please report to your guide no later than 8.45am – Upon disembarking your ship please make your way inside the Visitor terminal on the pier. Go to rear of building and look for Door 2. Go through the door and you will find your guide waiting for you , if you can not locate us we may be outside the port gates waiting for permission to access – this is due to safety reasons. Alternatively just ask any volunteer (in yellow jackets) or security staff for assistance….your will be looking for Chris who will take care of you.
If your ship docks later than 9am please just disembark & report in with guide as soon as is possible – they will be waiting for you.
Come with us and explore Dunedin’s heritage, culture, ambience and wildlife in the natural.
We take you to see some of the key attractions of the ‘Scottish’ city of the South Island. It’s a great opportunity to get off the bus and enjoy the unique views and historic architecture. Your guide will provide an informative interpretation of a city that has some of the finest and oldest buildings in the country.
Baldwin Street – This is in the Guinness book of records as the ‘steepest street in the world’ and has opened the lungs of visitors world-wide.
Signal Hill – A drive to the top of Signal Hill will allow us to point out the key features of our city.
Otago University – The Scots were and are great believers in education, the original Otago University building is an architectural masterpiece, it was built in 1869 and the first university of New Zealand.
Dunedin Railway Station – This building is an absolute gem and they certainly don’t make them like this anymore. Originally the people of Dunedin were unhappy with the amount of time and money involved in constructing this architectural masterpiece but these days it represents the pride of a city that helped build the foundations of New Zealand.
Larnach Castle* – this is the highlight for many. Learn about our native plants as our guide takes you for a wee nature walk through the native gardens. About 80% of New Zealand flora is endemic so we look forward to introducing you to some of these species. You also have the option of going inside the castle that has been restored to its original grandeur or choose to wander the gardens that are of international significance.
*(Additional $17.00 NZD per person)
Lunch opportunity (additional cost ) – enjoy lunch in Larnach Castles’ Ballroom Cafe or alternatively book a packaged lunch with us and enjoy this picnic style in the beautiful gardens surrounding Larnach Castle with magnificent harbour views .
Then we take you to the places the big buses can’t which offers flexibility enjoying a chance encounter with the local wildlife.
Enjoy a scenic tour of the Otago Peninsula – you will see some of the finest scenery of the peninsula as we take to the narrow gravel roads.
Bird watching – The Otago Peninsula is home to many species of wader and waterfowl. The scenic inlets and harbour provide a vital food source that attract birdwatchers from all over the world.
Otakou Marae – All access points to the sea on the peninsula would have been visited and inhabited at some point by the Maori, a people of the elements. (please note we do not go into the Marae).
Tairoa Head – where the Northern Royal Albatross can often be seen gliding overhead. A great chance to view one of the largest sea-birds in the world at their only mainland breeding colony. Our guide will take you to the best observation point to see the Royal Albatross and tell you about this gigantic bird which spends most of its life at sea but chooses to come to this spot each year to breed.
Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve (Penguin Place) – view one of the rarest penguins in the world through a series of tunnels and hides. The tour duration is 1.5 hours and involves easy walking and viewing of this endangered species. It is now estimated that there are only 600-800 breeding pairs alive in NZ, therefore we donate a portion of your tour to their conservation, so thank you for participating in their survival for the future.
NB: Viewing of Penguins, Royal Albatross and Sea Lions is expected but not guaranteed as these are all free to come and go in the wild naturally .
Drop – Off at your cruise ship -Port Chalmers (at least 1 hour prior to sailing)