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Wildlife Cruise/Larnach Castle/Penguin Place (2LP)

Add-on a trip to see Yellow-eyed Penguins to your 2L tour!

 

Tour Timetable:

Adult: $191
Child: $85 (5-14yrs)

Tour departs from: 
20 Fryatt St, Dunedin

Summer:
(March 1st - April 14th)
9:00am - 3:15pm
(bus both ways) 

Winter:
11:30pm - 6:00pm
(bus both ways) 


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Want to pack the highlights of the Otago Peninsula into a half day tour?



 

enjoy a one hour Wildlife Cruise
a guided tour of Larnach Castle
then a special Penguin Place tour 



 

 Larnach Castle

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.

See the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of Larnach Castle and William Larnach who took his own life with a single shot to the head. Climb the parapets for 360° views, and enjoy the beauty of the gardens of international significance.

Following the guided tour you will have time to personally explore or re-visit areas of the castle before meeting back with the bus & guide and continuing along the scenic Otago Peninsula roads.

 

Wildlife Cruise

Join our invigorating, oceanic Monarch Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place of
Northern Royal Albatross in the world.

Watch as NZ Furseals play and swim near their breeding colonies, out at sea you can spot up to 20 species of rarely
seen ocean birds including  other albatross species and petrels, and you may see penguins, dolphins and other
marine mammals.

 

Penguin Place Tour

Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of the Penguin Place Conservation Reserve.

Discover why beautiful, quirky Yellow Eyed Penguins are the most endangered in the world, found only on the South East Coast of New Zealand. This is your best chance for seeing them in the wild.

Hear about the conservation & volunteer work in place to ensure the survival of this special species, your ticket cost goes directly back in to helping continue these efforts in the future.

A short bus ride over the farm takes small groups to the reserve, where your guide will lead you on foot through unique covered trenches into viewing hides. These allow close viewing and photography of the breeding behaviour and chicks of this shy penguin (Viewing is varied depending on the time of year).

Bus back to Dunedin City along the beautiful Otago Peninsula.

 


 

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This tour departs from 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin. 

Co-ordinates: -45.879008, 170.507207 - free all day parking 


Complimentary pickup/dropoffs transfers available.

Please request when making your booking. City accommodation locations only.

 

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What else you should know...

  • Cruise ship guests can be picked up from Port Chalmers, you'll be dropped off at the Dunedin city shuttle terminal.
  • Windy cool “bad weather” is actually great weather for watching albatross soaring. We love a cold southerly wind!
  • Warm jackets are provided and the aft deck is enclosed and heated.
  • Binoculars, commentary, and multi language information sheets are provided.
  • Souvenirs and refreshments can be bought from our fully licensed galley.
  • Most tours are suitable for people with limited mobility. (email monarch@wildlife.co.nz if you are unsure).
  • Children aged 1-5yrs travel free of charge with a full paying parent/guardian.

For more information visit our FAQ page.

 

We will expecting you at our Fryatt Street office!