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Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights with Larnach Castle

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    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
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    Important Information
    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
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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.
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    Additional Info
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed April 8, 2019

    First taste we had of 4 Shore trip and tours packages we booked for our N.Z trip on the Golden Princess and what a great start. Brain was great value. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. Bit of a rainy day so offered us a longer time...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank MrPiquet
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2019

    Hello Mr Piquet, thank you so much for your review. Sounds like you had a fabulous day in Dunedin despite the rain. We are glad you chose us as well! Maybe we'll see you again one day. Kind regards Kim

    Reviewed February 18, 2019

    Brian was a wonderful tour guide - very helpful and knowledgeable. It was a rainy day, so we couldn't see all of the sites listed, but Brian took us to a shopping area requested by everyone. One gentleman on the tour needed to buy a...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Michaele D
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2019

    Hello Michaele, thank you for your five star review. We appreciate you taking the time to share with others and are rapt you had a fabulous day in Dunedin with Brian. Kind regards Kim

    Reviewed December 11, 2017

    This tour was very good except we were not able to see very much at all unless it was at ground level. The van was small and very uncomfortable and not for anyone on the large side (and I don`T mean overweight). The windows were...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    Thank barusky
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2017

    Hi, thank you for your feedback re the Dunedin tour. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour and that the guide was also very good. Regarding the issues with the vehicle windows. These minibuses are all new for this season [Toyota Hiace]...More

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