The Castle Cruiser

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"The Castle Cruiser" is Dunedin's premier transport and guided tour to New Zealand's only Castle, Larnach Castle.

Our vehicle - "The Eliza Jane" (named after Larnach's beloved first wife)- is a 13 seater luxury bus. Air-conditioned "she" has leather reclining seats, DVD player, stereo, individual headphones, drinks fridge, as well as facilities to provide full driver commentary.

Your comfort is assured given this is the best appointed vehicle that goes daily to Larnach Castle. Go on treat yourself to something special.

Our tour is 4 hours duration, the longest of the daily tours to the Castle meaning we spend both the longest time at the Castle as well as exploring Dunedin city with our comprehensive city sights tour.

Tours depart at 9.30am with pick-ups starting 20 minutes prior.

Cruise ship day departures are 9.45am from Port Chalmers and 10.15am from Dunedin i-Site Information Centre in the Octagon.

On cruise ship days our tour duration is 6.5 hours from Port Chalmers and 5.5 hours when picked up from in town. Our city tour also is extended to take in even more sights than our usual daily tour hence we have called the tour on cruise ship days Dunedin's "Big Day Out".

A full historical commentary is given en route which is complemented by spectacular Otago Peninsula views. Photo stops are also made to capture this beauty.

Castle and Gardens entry are included as is a fully guided tour of the rooms that are open to the public.

This tour is a not to be missed Dunedin attraction and makes the Larnach Castle experience even more worthwhile given you get to know the full history, drama and tragedy that beset the castles original owner, William Larnach and his family.

We also have Combo Tours that provide excellent value for money and will make your Dunedin experience one to both "save-or" and remember!

Our rates are valid 1 October - 30 September each year when they are subject to change which may be reflected in any forward bookings after that date for the following season.

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  • I would do this tour again! Mark made it fun and the time flew by so fast!! Very enjoyable. Thank you! Will definitely recommend this tour to others! 5
    SUSAN SCHALLER - Dec 27, 2019 (Stayed Dec 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Susan, Thank you for the fantastic review. Much appreciated. It is always good to hear such positive customer feed back. Thanks for taking the time to post it. Many people do not take the time to say how they felt the trip went so it is great to hear when someone has enjoyed the tour. I hope the rest of your cruise went well. All the best for the future. Kindest regards Mark
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  • This tour, the "Cruise Ship - Dunedin's Big Day Out" is the best way to go for pick up and drop off at the cruise terminal and an overall tour of Dunedin and a personal guided tour of Larnach castle. 5
    MARILYN RENAUD - Dec 13, 2019 (Stayed Nov 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for the positive feedback Matilyn. Much appreciated. I hope your cruise went well and you had great time in NZ. Kindest regards Mark
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  • Thanks for making the day such fun. Your commentary, knowledge and jokes made it a lot of fun! 5
    JOANNA NORTON - Nov 25, 2019 (Stayed Nov 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for the kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed your tour with The Castle Cruiser. I hope that he rest of your cruise went well and we see yourself and Ben back in the Land of the Long White Cloud soon. Cheers Mark
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  • Great tour and service 5
    HELEN HORTON - Nov 12, 2019 (Stayed Nov 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you very much for the positive feedback. I hope the rest of your cruise went well. Kindest regards Mark
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  • Not to be missed..This is a great tour...Mark is a superb guide..full of stories and jokes..so knowledgable about the whole Dunedin area..ten out of ten...Thanks for a great day out Mark 5
    JOHN KENT - Sep 7, 2019 (Stayed Sep 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Cheers for the fantastic review. Glad you had an enjoyable day out and about in Dunedin after you completed your short run in the Dunedin Half Marathon. I hope you trip home went well and you are well and truly recovered from your trip South. Until next time...
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  • So much better than I expected. As well as being very interesting and informative our guide was incredibly funny and entertaining. Absolutely worth every penny. Thank you Mark for a great day. 5
    ROHAN HODDINOTT - Aug 23, 2019 (Stayed Aug 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you both enjoyed it. Maybe next time you are down I can take you glow worming on NZ's best Glow Worm Tour? ?? Until next time... take care. Mark The Castle Cruiser
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  • I was the only person on the tour that day. Very thorough and knowledgeable 4
    JANE HANLEY - Jul 4, 2019 (Stayed Jun 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • A tad harsh Jane - I am a Dad after all. ;) I hope you had a great time enjoying Dunedin before you went back to the big smoke. All the best. Mark
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  • Mark is a very knowledgeable passionate guide fun and interesting to listen too. WE enjoyed his jokes and guest participation. Very friendly and obliging. Great day out. Picked up at port. Highly recommend this tour. The castle was amazing, and Mark knew his history. 5
    JILLIAN HALLIWELL - Apr 10, 2019 (Stayed Apr 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Shucks. Thanks for the kind words. Very humbling. I'm glad you had an enjoyable day in Dunedin. I hope the rest of your cruise went well. Kindest regards Mark The Castle Cruiser
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  • Mark is very knowledgeable regarding the Dunedin area and history. A trip to Larnach Castle would have been just an old house without the backstory and details he provided. 5
    JAMES GABOR - Mar 18, 2019 (Stayed Mar 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for the nice review. I often think of it that way myself when I see others going through without knowing the back story and dismissing it as just another old house. It's the story that makes Larnach Castle come to life. Im glad you appreciated that and I hope the rest of your cruise went well. Kindest regards Mark.
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  • Would recommend this for anyone to do. Was a great day out, saw lots of sights and a commentary ongoing to keep you entertained. 5
    RAYMOND NEEVES - Mar 21, 2019 (Stayed Mar 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for the 5 star review. Glad you enjoyed the day. Kindest regards Mark
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