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Top Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours
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.
On the wildlife cruise part of your tour we go in search of albatross, seals, penguins and many other species. We usually see between 12 and 18 species of animal. You will be given a wildlife sheet before you leave us so you can remember all ofthe animals youve seen.
We aim to get close and low with the animals.
The vessel is fast, comfortable and a custom build.
There is a bathroom onboard and a heated cabin.
Your free time in Portobello can be spent however you like. By hiring an electric bicycle to explore the area more fully, a museum visit, shopping in the local village or by strolling and picnicking. You have plenty of time to enjoy it.
This is the best way to see the amazing animals and scenery found on the Otago Peninsula. Cruise one-way along the beautiful harbour and spot albatross, furseals and more during a special wildlife cruise. Then sit back and relax whilst your guide will take you the opposite direction along scenic roads back to Dunedin. A full commentary is given throughout the tour.
Small group tours, fast custom built vessel. Comfortable, warm, partially enclosed.
On our tour.....
-Approx 2 hours duration, if joining from Portobello, or 1.5 hours if joining from Port Chalmers.
-Travel from the most scenic part of the harbour, pass by the historic Quarantine Stations and old hulks.
-See and learn about the fishing boats, workboats, dredges and ships as we pass Port Chalmers and Careys Bay.
-View wading birds and look for penguins and shags as we cruise past roosting and feeding areas.
-See/learn about the historic pilots houses, search light and gun emplacements and the old whaling stations.
-Take the time to cruise around Taiaroa Head, exploring the shallow bays to view fur seals and nesting colonies of shags, albatross and much more.
-Sometimes we venture out to sea and we may view oceanic sea birds, marine mammals such as dolphins or sea lions.
-Bicycle hire can be added by contacting us.
Larnach castle and the gardens that surround are the most popular attraction for cruise ship passengers in Dunedin.
So is the albatross and the other rare and unique wildlife.
See the best of Dunedin and spend your time wisely.
This is the only tour in Dunedin that does not double back, to travel the same route on its return.
You will travel by road one way and by ferry the other.
Experience real maori culture and explore the beautiful Waikouaiti River on our waka ama (outrigger canoe) or waka unua (double hulled canoe). Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will share the fascinating history of the Kati Huirapa people, the stories of the Karitane area and our local ecological restoration projects
Tour numbers are limited so that we can personalize your tour.
The tour length is two hours and includes tea, coffee and light snacks at our sunny premises. Tour start time is usually 10am. We will contact you immediately and offer a full refund of re-schedule if the time is later due to tides.