Dunedin – Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise and Larnach Castle LT74CS


An unique opportunity to explore Otago Peninsula with a tour of the historic Larnarch Castle, a wildlife cruise sighting seals, albatross and often penguins and dolphins. You will travel to and from Port Chalmers by road along the scenic Otago Peninsula with magnificent harbour and ocean views throughout.

 Travel by road along the scenic Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle. Journey back in time with our guide, for a tour of New Zealand’s only castle built in 1871. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of Larnach Castle, see the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens of international significance and breathtaking views.

 You will then join the wildlife cruise with unrivaled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds around Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula including the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world. You will also see New Zealand Fur Seals, rarely seen ocean birds, including other species of albatross; you may also see penguins, dolphins, sea lions and other marine mammals in their natural environment. The cruise includes commentary which includes details of the fascinating history and geology of the area.

 To conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road travelling along the scenic Otago Peninsula. You will enjoy spectacular harbour and ocean views throughout the journey.


 8.50 Collected from the designated private tour collection point in Port Chalmers  immediately adjacent to your cruise ship.

10.00 Arrive Larnach Castle

12.00 one hour wildlife cruise

13.00 conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road.

14.00 Drop off outside the Dunedin Visitor Center in the heart of Dunedin City and enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring this beautiful city, or

14.15 Returned to Port Chalmers and your cruise ship.

Meeting details – your Cruise Ship will come into Port Chalmers, once you disembark you will see the Dunedin i-Site marquee which will be on the wharf within 100m walk of the gangways. The buses will be departing from outside there please look for a “Monarch Wildlife” Bus, please get there around 08.50 am for a 9.00 am departure.
Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 08.50 am
Maximum number of people : 100
Venue Facilities : Air conditioned coach, fully guided tour, wildlife cruise and guided tour of Larnach Castle
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • Monarch's Wildlife Cruise is just fantastic - we had a great experience with them. We booked a combination tour that included the MV Monarch cruise and a visit to Larnach Castle, apparently New Zealand's only castle. The cruise was so great because the crew of the MV Monarch is outstanding. The skipper did a wonderful job of keeping the ride as comfortable as possible despite variable conditions all while providing excellent commentary about the wildlife, as well as historical tidbits. Monarch provides passengers with amazing, thick, wind-proof jackets, so even though it was windy and cold on board, we were completely comfortable. Each passenger is also given a set of binoculars to use. We saw seals, shags, and the famous albatrosses, but the highlight for me was when a pod of curious, hyperactive, acrobatic dolphins came to investigate our boat. They were so close to the ship - swimming around and beneath and in front of it. The guided tour of Larnach Castle was very interesting and informative and well worth the visit. It was just incredible day! I'll never forget it.
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  • "Fantastic Shore Trip"
    Booked the wildlife cruise with Larnach Castle. Picked up from the cruise ship on time and the day ran like clockwork. Loved the cruise, lots of wildlife and very informative and Larnach Castle is a must see!
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