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Itinerary
Begin the morning with a city sights tour taking in Dunedin City's best attractions. Visit the University of Otago, check out Signal Hill lookout and have a go at walking Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street. Visit the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin's oldest, where you will find the Larnach family tomb. The tour will also stop in the city's Octagon and the Grand Railway Station for a look inside. You will be provided with complimentary snacks and bottled water to keep you refreshed throughout the day.

A key difference with this tour is the small group size (maximum 10 people). This allows us to navigate the Castle with ease, keeping away from the larger groups and fitting much more into the day.

New Zealand's infamous castle was built over a century ago by William Larnach high up on the hills of the Otago Peninsula. Experience breath-taking views along the Peninsula's high road with photo stops en-route to the Castle. Upon arrival it will be time for a light lunch in the Ballroom Cafe (at own cost). We reserve a table for our group and a variety of food is available at good prices.

After lunch, your guide will escort you throughout the entire castle, from the gun room below to the views from the turret and all the marvels in between. Get all the details as you explore the Larnach family’s legacy and hear the tale of their amazing story.

The Castle's award winning garden is one of national and international significance and there will be an opportunity to explore this as well. On a clear day you might even see your cruise ship in dock at Port Chalmers across the harbour.

Depart the castle for a leisurely drive back to Port Chalmers to finish the tour. Arriving back at the wharf Visitor Terminal at least one hour prior to ship's departure.
Locations visited
Larnach Castle & Gardens
City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)
Dunedin Botanic Garden
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Overview
Enjoy a fully guided tour of Larnach Castle during a day of sightseeing in Dunedin with a small group. See key landmarks such as the Larnach family tomb in Dunedin's old Northern Cemetery. Visit the University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street and the Dunedin Railway Station. Then head to the hills of the Otago Peninsula to explore the famous century-old castle. Pickup and drop-off is available from hotels or the cruise port.
Highlights
  • Dunedin sightseeing tour with Larnach Castle
  • See highlights such as the Botanical Gardens and Baldwin Street
  • Visit the Northern Cemetery and First Church
  • View St Clair Beach en route to the Otago Peninsula
  • Tour the castle grounds and interior with an informative guide
  • Hotel or cruise port transport included
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 27 April 2018
Wonderful Way to see Dunedin

Ann with Iconic tours was our guide for the day. What a delightful, entertaining, knowledgeable lady! Our group of six from the cruise ship thoroughly enjoyed our day with her. It goes without saying that the scenery around Dunedin was beautiful and Larnach castle amazing....More

1  Thank HAVACRUISER
Reviewed 24 March 2018
Much better than a cruise ship tour

We sailed into Dunedin and opted to do a tour with Iconic Tours rather than a very expensive ship tour. What a good decision that was. Not only was the tour much cheaper, but there were only 14 of us instead of a 50 seater...More

Thank sgb1948
Reviewed 17 March 2018
Kim and his wife are the BEST!

We did a 2 couple day tour with Kim and it was wonderful - he was helpful, thoughtful, and very informative....and when he suggests you NOT take time to do something..listen to him - we didn't and wasted our time (Cadbury Tour- huge waste of...More

1  Thank Sanjo R
Reviewed 4 February 2018
Ann was GREAT!

I was with a group of 8, and we booked a private tour. Ann was a GREAT tour guide. She loves living and raising her children in Dunedin and showed us her city and area. We loved the tour of the castle and the beautiful...More

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 20 January 2018
Of cruise tour

After emailing back and forth with Kim and talking on the phone I knew we would have a great tour, After arriving in the arrivals hall Kim email that our driver would be there soon and there he was. Allan was polite and very knowledgeable...More

Thank Kathy H
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