Dunedin – Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise, Larnach Castle & Yellow Eyed Penguin Viewing LT74ACS


A combination tour of the Otago Peninsula with a tour of the historic Larnach Castle, a wildlife cruise sighting seals, albatross and often penguins and dolphins and admission to the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve to get up close to these rear and shy birds.

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.

You will then join the wildlife cruise with unrivalled 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.

Then on to a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve to see the rarest penguin in the world found only on the south east coast of New Zealand. While in the reserve your guide will lead you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches into viewing hides. Allowing access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin, which provides the opportunity to witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range. Medium fitness is required on this tour.

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
  • 13.15 Transfer to The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve
  • 14.15 conclude your tour by returning to Dunedin by road.
  • 15.15 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 08.50am for a 9.00am departure.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 08.50
Maximum number of people : 100
Venue Facilities : Air conditioned coach, fully guided tour, admission to Larnarch Castle, admission to Penguin Reserve, Wildlife Hrabour Cruise
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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

  • Our fantastic day started with and was enhanced by Bruce, our guide/driver. We were given an excellent taste of what's special about the Otago Peninsula including Larnoch Castle and the Penguin Sanctuary. Everything was fantastic. Cant say enough about this company, the day we had, and how special it all was to us.
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  • We booked a the dual Wildlife and Larnach Castle Tour. We toured Larnach Castle, and did a harbor cruise viewing the Royal Albatross and then saw the yellow-eyed penguins. The company did a wonderful job with our tour. Guides were very personable and knowledgeable about the area. Tour was a great value and neat experience! Thank you!
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  • "Great Excursion"
    Had a wonderful day which included a wildlife cruise with lots of marine life, and then visited both the Yellow Eyed Penguin Colony and Larnach Castle, the day couldn't have been better.
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