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Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin provided by Headfirst Travel

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Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin

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Combine admission to Larnach Castle with a guided tour. Transport is also provided from central Dunedin to the lovingly restored 19th-century castle, situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula. Free time after the tour allows you to explore the award-winning gardens and surrounding grounds. Upgrade to add on Speights Brewery, Olveston Historic Home, a city tour, or Taieri Gorge Railway tours.
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    Larnach Castle & Gardens
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    90 minutes in the Castle grounds including 45 minute guided tour with your driver/guide. Marvel at the spectacular garden
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  • Tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle
  • Depart for the Otago Peninsula from central Dunedin
  • Spend free time wandering the grounds and gardens
  • Opt to extend your visit with additional guided attractions
Important Information
3–8 hours
  • Full commentary
  • Transport to the castle
  • Sightseeing tour in Dunedin (If Chosen)
  • Free time to explore the Castle Garden or have a coffee or some lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Headfirst Travel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Food and drinks in the castle`s cafe
  • Pick up from Port Chalmers
  • Personal expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Covered in Shoes are required for the Speights Brewery Tour option
  • A medium fitness level is required for the Elm Wildlife tour options
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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qinmeizh wrote a review Dec 2019
Shanghai, China1 contribution
We were very lucky to visit Dunedin on the rainy morning but with beautiful sunshine in the afternoon. When we arrived at Larnach Castle, it was foggy and hard see 10m away. However we feel this castle is worth visiting, especially with such a nice and knowledgeable guide
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Date of experience: December 2019
David G wrote a review Oct 2019
Blenheim, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
We finally got the Larnach Castle after several years of trying and we were not disappointed. The guide made the tour extremely interesting and the free time in the gardens was a delight.
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Date of experience: October 2019
I love Wellington, NZ wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
We went on a castle and city tour with this company and found it to be a very interesting and informative tour. Our Tour Guide, Lorraine was great too. We visited most of the castle and had some free time to wander the castle grounds before heading back to the city to see the
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from HeadfirstTravelTeam, Director of Sales at Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin
Responded Oct 6, 2019
Thanks for the review, it was lovely to have the opportunity to take you out on this tour! You are right, Lorraine is a very informative guide, she has so many great stories to share. The castle certainly is a beautiful historic building. A trip up Baldwin Street is also very interesting - The steepest street in the world! eek!
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TH212013 wrote a review Sep 2019
Redland City, Australia9 contributions
Unfortunately there was some renovation going on in the lower sections of the castle. We understand that the history of the original family is in that area, since we couldn’t find any anywhere else. Thankfully we bumped into some staff of the accommodation area, and they were
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from HeadfirstTravelTeam, Director of Sales at Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin
Responded Oct 9, 2019
Hi, Many thanks for leaving us a review. The castle has sections closed off for both water ingress issues and to revamp their reception and retail area to improve flow. This does not affect the actual tour though. Our Headfirst Travel Tour into Larnach Castle includes a guided tour with our driver-guide. Our driver-guides are super knowledgable and have some great stories to tell along the way! We really pride ourselves on our guided tours and guarentee you will learn a lot of history on the castle!
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KrispyDonut wrote a review Apr 2019
Centerville, Utah37 contributions2 helpful votes
The adverts make the castle seem majestic, but was a lot smaller than expected. Felt it was overpriced to see garden, castle and high tea. $$ for a mini sandwich, mini pudding, wee merengue and couple other tastes. Felt value for money should've been $45-50 per person. Half
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Date of experience: November 2018
Response from HeadfirstTravelTeam, Director of Sales at Larnach Castle & Gardens Tour from Dunedin
Responded May 24, 2019
Thanks for the feedback, we will pass it on to our friends at Larnach Castle! Larnach Castle is a very beautiful historical place! Glad you thought it was majestical!
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About the operator

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By: Headfirst Travel
Hop on and hop off tour of Dunedin. After being a bit spoilt at the other stops, having took private and small grou
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Excellent service
Excellent trip, very knowledgeable, didn’t have to walk to far from bus stops, buses every 20 minutes which were ne
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Hop on Hop off tour
It was interesting. Our bus stopped working as we sat at a stoplight and we had to wait to be transferred to a dif
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Robert E
Long term planning a trip. Forget it
Because of limited accommodation in areas I like to plan and secure bookings well before I go anywhere. As I was wa
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Day tour
Hey guys well it was a cloudy and rainy day. So worth it to do the hop- on- off bus tour. The bus we were on had no
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Debbie C
Hop on hop off
Shocking service. Bus 25 min late and slammed doors on us when seats were free. 2nd bus also 20 min late and only
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The bus is a wonderful piece of classic british history but the drive up the hill isnt very special.
This is an OK trip and the commentary is excellent but the destination hotel isn't very special. However on the plu
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Dunedin Hop-on Hop-off Bus
A good overview of the town. Not the best option in “value for money”. A town walk to the Train Station and/or a ta
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Susan R
Larnach Castle & Dunedin highlights - Excellent!
The online booking process with Headfirst was fast and seamless. They were easy to find at the cruise terminal, an
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Dunedin Highlights
The best way to see a city when time is limited. This tour is the way to go, giving a good commentary on the city.
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A perfect day
I organised this trip for my family whilst they were on a cruise (leaving me behind), Ralph and the team couldn't h
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Headfirst SO EASY
Great easy people to deal with drivers was the best and fun also very helpful got lots of advice for other things
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Sharyn C
Amazing Organisation!!
My mother and I did the full day hop on hop off Larnach Castle, Olveston House and city tour. The sights were amaz
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Hop-On Hop-Off double-decker bus (the “Hopper”).
We took the Hop-On Hop-Off double-decker bus (the “Hopper”). It is a great and economical way to discover the City
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A busy day / disappointed
Our bus collected from the wharf as scheduled, delivered to the centre of town. We then went to Larnach Castle. W
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