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Castle to Cruise Tour provided by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

Castle to Cruise Tour
5
Book in advance
from $140.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
An unrivalled tour package! Visit the stunning Larnach Castle, travel the beautiful roads of the Otago Peninsula and join special Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy a 90 minute tour of Larnach Castle and it's beautiful grounds. Hear the scandalous story of early settler William Larnach and his family. Explore the beautifully restored castle, with it's original antique furniture and impressive craftsmanship throughout. Time is allowed for exploring the gardens or a quick snack from the ballroom cafe. You'll then continue along the Otago Peninsula and your guide will give an interactive commentary along the way. Hop aboard a Wildlife Cruise out through the entrance to the Otago Harbour. Enjoy close viewing of fur seals, royal albatross and other seabirds. Sometimes we spot sea lions, blue penguins & dusky or hectors dolphins.
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
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 195993P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
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, Dunedin Central, 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.
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, Dunedin Central, 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
    Larnach Castle & Gardens
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Taiaroa Head
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    20 Fryatt Street
    20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    We ask that our visitors check-in 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour start time. Car parks are available.
    See address & details
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PatDantas
Whangaparaoa, New Zealand5 contributions
Awesome guides. Great experience.
Feb 2021
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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trevor m
Auckland, New Zealand123 contributions
Not to be missed experience
Jan 2021
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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sara_fearon
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
Absolutely fabulous
Jan 2021 • 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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Alma
1 contribution
A must-do in Dunedin!
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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Frak
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
A must-do nature and historical day-trip while in Dunedin
Oct 2020
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
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
Paul H
Paul H
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Unique experience!
What a fantastic experience on the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Buddy and the crew went above and beyond to ensure an
Noozealand
Noozealand
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Great afternoon trip.
What a great afternoon. Both bus drivers (one there and the other on the way back) were full of local knowledge and
Whio_NZ
Whio_NZ
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Happy Punters
My wife and I both really enjoyed the Sea 2 City tour. All the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and passionate ab
capitolnz
capitolnz
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Incredible albatrosses, stunning Monarch
Wow, what a truly amazing experience. Every Kiwi should do this cruise, such excellent value and true kiwi hospital
CollRr
CollRr
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An outstanding day tour
This tour of the Otago Peninsula is not to be missed. It included history of the area, beautiful views, a guided to
Zulu3652
Zulu3652
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Great Trip Down the Harbour
Wonderful, knowledgable and friendly crew make this cruise a pleasure. My favourite part was cruising around Tairo
Sand_51714
Sand_51714
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Excellent
We were picked up at I-site by Craig who drove us to the Albatross centre very informative guy pointed out loads of
startwithaclick2015
startwithaclick2015
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So good, just book
Amazing adventure with Monarch Cruises, very professional and helpful right through from initial enquiry to the end
mcavty
mcavty
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A bucket list must do.
Can't rate them high enough. A must do. Great value, knowledgeable friendly crew. Super vintage boat of the highe
Judy L
Judy L
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Stunning trip
The combination of the land trip to Tairoa on the south side of the peninsula, the Tairoa tour, the hoiho visit, th
OtagoAnimalLover2020
OtagoAnimalLover2020
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Boating Experience
Thanks to Buddy (the skipper) and his crew mate who gave me a most enjoyable tour of the harbour and animals of the
shigelbinks
shigelbinks
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Great crew, lovely day
The tour guides and the crew on thr boat we so friendly and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic time seeing 3 species
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