Otago Peninsula Wildlife Experience & Larnach Castle Shore Excursion

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Experience & Larnach Castle Shore Excursion

Otago Peninsula - Natures Wonders – Larnach Castle – City | 6 hrs


Shore tour to one of New Zealand’s most renowned eco-tourism areas and the country’s only castle

A 6-hour return trip shore tour, travelling the Otago Peninsula via the high road for the most picturesque scenery towards the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Otago harbour with Dunedin City on the other. Our first major stop is Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle. Views from the top of the tower are spectacular and the beautiful gardens complete this enjoyable award-winning experience.

Includes entry, to both Larnach Castle and the Gardens – No hidden Costs.

We will then drive a bit further up the peninsula past the seaside settlement of Portobello onto Taiaroa Head where we will stop for lunch (your expense) at the Royal Albatross Centre (with the bonus of maybe seeing a Royal Albatross or two flying).

Then it’s on to the stunning Nature’s Wonders where we will take a one hour guided tour in a small coach over farmland to the wildlife viewing area. Or if you are feeling a little more adventurous upgrade to the exhilaration of a 8 wheel-drive off road all terrain Argo vehicle that takes you to the same wildlife area. See Ticket DND-T009 to purchase your upgrade.

Here amidst truly spectacular scenery, are the world’s rarest penguins, Hoiho the ‘Yellow Eyed’, the little Blue Penguins, the New Zealand Fur Seals and Cormorants (shags) all living in their natural environment.

We return to the city via the Low road for the most picturesque scenery harbor drive back to the City.

We visit Baldwin Street – the world’s steepest street and Dunedin Railway Station before returning to your ship by the required time.

You will see

  • Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Baldwin Street
  • Dunedin City Centre
  • Dunedin Railway Station
  • New Zealand Fur Seals
  • Otago Peninsula
  • Otakou Marae (photo stop)
  • Yellow Eyed Penguins
  • Little Blue Penguins

What's Included

  • Collection from and drop back to Port by the required time.
  • Comfortable air-conditioned Transport
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Key City Sights – time permitting (depends on arrival/departure times of your ship)
  • Free time in the City Centre (approximately 1hr) time permitting.
  • Natures Wonders Tour
  • Larnach Castle Tour

What to Bring

  • Waterproof jacket
  • A sunhat and sunscreen
  • Your camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Money/Credit Card for lunch, gifts/souvenirs
  • Your experienced local guide offering expert commentary

Additional Information

Not Included

  • Meals are not included but there is time for you to buy lunch during the tour


  • The tour begins at 10.30am from the City Centre, but pick-up is from the cruise ship at Port Chalmers at 8.45am (ready for a 9am departure). You will have a little free time in the City Centre before the tour officially starts. This pick-up time may vary depending on your ships docking time and will be confirmed once a booking has been confirmed.
  • There is some walking required, on well-made paths, inclines and steps. Good footwear recommended.


  • Please note that this tour is not operating on Christmas Day, 25th December.
  • There is limited Wheel Chair access at Larnach Castle & Natures Wonders is Not suitable for Wheel Chair access.