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Castle to Cruise Tour provided by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

Castle to Cruise Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 195993P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Complimentary warm jackets and binoculars on the Wildlife Cruise
  • WiFi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Dunedin
Exclusions
  • We do not provide any food during your tour. Guests have a short time available to purchase a bite to eat at Larnach Castle or snack options are available. A packed lunch can be brought on tour.
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We offer complimentary pickups from central Dunedin hotels, motels, backpackers, holiday parks and the iSite visitor information centre. We do not pickup from private residences or AirBnBs.
  • 20 Fryatt Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand We ask that our visitors check-in 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour start time. Car parks are available.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Complimentary warm jackets and binoculars on the Wildlife Cruise
  • WiFi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Dunedin
Exclusions
  • We do not provide any food during your tour. Guests have a short time available to purchase a bite to eat at Larnach Castle or snack options are available. A packed lunch can be brought on tour.
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We offer complimentary pickups from central Dunedin hotels, motels, backpackers, holiday parks and the iSite visitor information centre. We do not pickup from private residences or AirBnBs.
  • 20 Fryatt Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand We ask that our visitors check-in 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour start time. Car parks are available.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    20 Fryatt Street
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Otago Peninsula
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Larnach Castle & Gardens
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Taiaroa Head
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Janice
3 contributions
Great tour. Loved the drive along the peninsula to Larnach''s Castle, plenty of time for house tour and good look at gardens and to have lunch. Continued along peninsula winding our way down to Weller's Bay to meet the boat. Beautiful blue skies, warm weather cruising out of the harbour out to sea. Amazingly we saw multiple albatross soaring around the boat, dolphins, blue penguins, sea lions and fur seals. Could see albatross nesting on the cliff and fur seals lounging on the rocks. All the time a running commentary was made by the skipper Buddy. Neil also was pointing out various birds and Elliott gave a lot of interesting information as we cruised back up the harbour to Dunedin. Well worth including this tour in your Dunedin stay.
Written 2 December 2021
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MonarchWildlife
Sounds like you scored a fantastic day on the Otago Peninsula. Larnach Castle and a pretty amazing array of wildlife species! Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review.
Written 21 January 2022
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trevor m
Auckland, New Zealand130 contributions
The guide was very knowledgable about the area and the castle. He toured us around the castle and then left us to explore on our own. He dropped us off at the Albatross sanctuary, which is the subject of a separate review, picked us up and left us at the Penguin Place, also separate review, before boarding the "Monarch" for a fantastic hours trip around the headland of Otago Harbour. Again the crew were fantastic and knowledgable. The amount of sea life that we got up and close to was terrific. This is a must do for any visitor to Otago.
Written 11 January 2021
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MonarchWildlife
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Trevor. We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge about Larnach Castle and the local wildlife. We hope you took some of that knowledge away with you, and we are happy you had a great experience with Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours.
Written 22 January 2022
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Frak
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
What a fabulous day out.
Neil our guide from Monarch was very knowledgeable, polite and efficient.
We managed to fit in a tour of Larnach Castle including an excellent morning tea, a wonderful drive around the coast spotting sea birds, a tour of the Royal Albatross Centre with time for lunch, a harbour boat cruise where we saw all sorts of wildlife including Albatross on the wing, Seals, Hector’s Dolfins, Shags and many other birds. We finished our day spotting Little Blue and Yellow-Eye Penguins nesting.
Just awesome, thoroughly recommended.
Written 20 October 2020
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Alma
1 contribution
Staff were knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs throughout the whole experience.
Rob (one of the staff) knew his way around the castle which made it easier for us to appreciate its significance to Dunedin.
Buddy (the boat captain) knew the area very well. He gave us great views of the shags, seals and albatross found in the area during the season.
Overall this is a great experience for any tourist.
Written 28 December 2020
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PatDantas
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand5 contributions
Our guides Trudy and Rob were excellent. Rob, in particular, was a fountain of knowledge on Larnach castle and the wider area. We have no hesitation in recommending this company.
Written 7 February 2021
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MonarchWildlife
Rob is definitely an expert in all things Larnach and extremely knowledgeable about Dunedin. I will pass on your fantastic feedback to Rob & Trudy, they'll be chuffed to hear it.
Written 12 May 2021
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sara_fearon
Auckland Central, New Zealand11 contributions
Solo
Fantastic day, learnt a lot saw awesome things, was well taken care if. Definitely recommend as it was just the best time, seeing birds and seals.
Written 5 January 2021
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MonarchWildlife
Thank you Sara for taking the time to leave such a great review. It really helps tell the story about the experiences we provide our guests.
Written 12 May 2021
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About the operator

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By: Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Jet606781
Jet606781
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Peninsula encounters and albatross tour
Awesome full day tour. Thanks to driver Rob for his extensive local knowledge! Wonderful experience to see baby alb
514alwynf
514alwynf
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Birthday on the Monarch
Everything was perfect from the booking to the skipper and crew Monarch is a very safe boat that gets you to see so
Eoinfitzpatrick12
Eoinfitzpatrick12
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Fantastic tour
Great trip - learnt lots and saw lots - thanks so much - hope to see you again on our next visit . Really enjoyed
WilliamParks06
WilliamParks06
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100/10 Will do again
Amazing scenery accompanied by some magnificent wildlife. Staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. Happy Birthd
John L
John L
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What an amazing company and experience
Monarch has taken customer service to a new level!! Last August i booked three places on the City to Sea tour thro
Charlotte M
Charlotte M
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A must-do in Dunedin!
We cannot recommend the City to Sea Tour enough! We had a wonderful time travelling by minibus with David along the
zespri44
zespri44
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A must do in Dunedin
Wish we could put 10 stars! Buddy was fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable which enhances the experience. Tim a
eviebeetle
eviebeetle
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Nearly bashed my hand on the side of the wharf!
It was a great ride, and I loved the views! Except for when I nearly bashed my hand on the side of the wharf when w
shereehawk
shereehawk
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Awesome!
We loved this! The commentary was informative and the crew were helpful in pointing out different wildlife. I thoug
110janew
110janew
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Would highly recommend
Great little one hour boat trip around the rocks by the albatross colony. We saw the albatross in flight and could
Martingborough_33
Martingborough_33
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Must do trip when visiting Dunedin
What an amazing day! Many thanks guys for making it so special. The weather was amazing too, with the water being s
Tauhou
Tauhou
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Loved it
Fabulous - exhilarating trip on a blustery winter's day. Great views of four species of albatross plus giant petrel
Paul H
Paul H
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Awesome Wildlife Experience - a must see!
Fantastic experience on the Monarch with Buddy and the crew. There was so much albatross flying all around and lan
Travelpic1957
Travelpic1957
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Best tour ever
10 out of 10 for the whole experience. The knowledge of the skipper and crew was awesome. Spending extra time at se
MalcolmS279
MalcolmS279
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Best day we had in Dunedin
Excellent info and spotting of birds, sea lions and seals from Aaron and Buddy. Really good warm windproof jacket
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