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Fun, informative, interesting day

We booked this tour independently ,after a recommendation from family, while on a NZ cruise. The... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Ray L
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Yarra Valley, Australia
A highlight of my trip to Dunedin

I almost skipped visiting Larnach Castle and booking this tour--I'm so glad I didn't. It was one of... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
caroline2112s
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Fallbrook, California
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Dunedin's premier tour to Larnach Castle. A daily 4 hour tour (5.5 hour tour on Cruise Ship Days from the Octagon @10:15AM or 6.5 hours Port Chalmers Pick-up/Return $105.00Adult/$55Child ages 5-14years @9.45AM) Transport is a luxury 13 leather seater bus -the "Eliza Jane"(named after Larnach's beloved first wife). Unlike our competitor/s we do not take groups larger than this to the castle (unless pre-booked as a larger group). Our aim is to make the experience as personal as possible. Group sizes greater than this make guiding through the castle far more difficult due to room sizes. In-depth commentary and a full history of the castle makes this tour well worthwhile especially when impressive and amazing views which the driver will invariably not be able to fully appreciate. Tour price includes transport, a city sights tour (stops at Larnach's Tomb/Baldwin Street - The World's Steepest Street/Otago University and the Railway Station) and all entrance fees to Castle and Gardens.
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Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We booked this tour independently ,after a recommendation from family, while on a NZ cruise. The tour, as stated in the info, covers very interesting parts of Dunedin itself, including a visit to the cemetery. The highlight though was the visit to Larnarch Castle, history,...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Ray, Thanks for the fantastic review. Finally an Aussie that gets me and is happy to crow about it - get that man a beer! I hope the whisky went down well as you were writing that review. Take care and until next time....Kindest...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I almost skipped visiting Larnach Castle and booking this tour--I'm so glad I didn't. It was one of the, if not the, absolute highlights of my visit to Dunedin, all thanks to the wonderful guide. It was forecast to be a rainy day and I...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thanks for the incredible feedback. Glad to have been able to make your trip to Dunedin one to remember for all the right reasons. Safe travels. Mark

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Cruise ship stop in Dunners (Dunedin). We had been to Dunedin many times but we're very keen to spend more time at the Castle but did not want to see Otago Peninsula or pay hundreds on a car/cab so chose the Castle Cruiser. Started out...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Hi Vic, Thanks for the candid review. A bit of a mixed bag coupled with couple of sucker punches in there. Backhanded compliments come to mind. I will take your "experienced" advice on board and when I finally hit the big 5-0 perhaps apply it....More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

My partner and I booked this tour before leaving Perth to head off on a cruise for New Zealand. We couldn't have been happier. We were collected by Mark from the port and were lucky enough to have him all to ourselves all day. Mark...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you for the positive review it is much appreciated Sorry I have taken a while to respond I have just been busy. I hope the rest of your cruise went well. If you are ever back this way then maybe we could catch up...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The tour of larnach castle and the city of Dunedin was pretty interesting, particularly at the castle. The tour seemed very slow at times, with some unnecessary stops in locations at the city (such as a graveyard which was mildly interesting, and the university) that...More

Thank Kyle D
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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Hi Kyle, Thank you for your review. Just to outline for others reading your review, the stops that you have suggested be cut from the tour and why they are included - the reason we stop at the grave yard is to view the Tomb...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

My friend Hannah and I booked to do this tour and we are so glad we did! We had Mark to ourselves for the day as we were the only ones booked, and he truly made it worth every cent. Mark is extremely knowledgeable not...More

Thank Betty B
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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

It was a pleasure to take you Aussies on a trip around Dunedin. Glad you weren't thin skinned. Just kidding! Thanks for the humbling reference. Much appreciated. Enjoy your national holiday today and have a fantastic rest of your trip to NZ. Til we met...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

We highly recommend booking this tour with Mark, a perfect choice when off a cruise ship as you get an overview of Dunedin and of course that special visit to Larnach Castle. Mark was very informative throughout the day and it was a plus being...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thanks for the glowing reference. I'm glad you had a great time. I trust the rest of your cruise went well. Kindest regards Mark☺

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

The owner/operator Mark was very knowledgeable and provided insightful running commentary on the drive out to the Castle. The commentary was also delivered in an entertaining manner which keeps people engaged. You'd benefit from a smaller group (and greater interaction that comes from it), and...More

Thank Jordan N
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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thanks for the positive review Jordan. Happy to have made your day in Dunedin a good one. I hope work wasn't too onerous once you got back there. Cheers Mark

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Shortish cruise ship port tour booked through NZ Tourist info on the pier at our Dunedin stop on NCL xmas tour. Our tour was pretty popular so the main operator Mark organised a second mini-van to cater for the numbers. Got to say probably could...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

If only the American family had gone to the right vehicle and refused to move then maybe, just maybe, things might have started a bit different? Apologies for that. Glad you saw past that though and enjoyed your day. I hope the rest of your...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Having visited Dunedin previously, we were unsure how to occupy our day (we were on a cruise ship). We booked this tour on the pier. A fabulous tour. Mark was very entertaining and had a incredible knowledge of his hometown. We saw all the sights,...More

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GlowWormGuy, Owner at The Castle Cruiser, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you very much for the glowing review, Very humbling. Checking out your other review I thought you might have had The Castle Cruiser confused with your Napier tour. I trust the rest of your cruise went well. If you are ever back in NZ...More

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The guy was an imbecile. I doubt he could feed himself properly let alone spell correctly. Thank goodness most of my other clients from Aussie have senses of humour. Good to see you picked up on the sort of bloke that he was.
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