Dunedin Peninsula - Wildlife & Larnach Castle
Duration: 5 1/2 hours
Tour Code: DUD-003
Your tour starts with a picturesque drive past the charming towns of Sawyer's Bay, Roseneath and St. Leonard's, which all rest along the shores of beautiful Otago Harbor. Making your way into Dunedin, you'll enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city which includes a drive past the Botanical Gardens and the historic University of Otago before heading east from the city to the Royal Albatross colony at Taiaroa Head.
Arriving at the Royal Albatross Center, your visit will begin at the Reception Center with an informative introduction to the colony before being escorted to the observatory. In order to ensure the birds are not unduly disturbed, access to the colony is strictly controlled and extensive measures have been taken to protect the birds' natural habitat. As you will learn, these incredible birds have a fascinating social and family life. While seeming so ungainly on the ground, they are truly magnificent to watch in flight. What an exhilarating experience it is to have one of these huge Albatrosses, with its incredible wing span of nearly 10 feet, glide smoothly and gracefully close by.
Continuing on from here, you'll travel a short distance to Larnach Castle, an impressive stone mansion that was constructed between 1871 and 1885 by financier, businessman and politician, William Larnach. Set in a park-like setting amidst trees and colorful gardens, the castle boasts many elaborate features, a result of the many English and Italian artisans and craftsmen who worked on the home. A curving hanging staircase, carved ceilings and an array of wonderful antiques on display showcase the castle's exceptional design.
Your time here will include a lovely luncheon and guided tour, and there will be some free time included for you to stroll the beautiful grounds.
Following your visit to the Castle, your coach will return you directly to the ship.
Please note: The majority of sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. The Castle has a number of stairs and there are no ramps or elevators. There is also a steep walk at the Albatross Center to the Observatory and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes and a light raincoat are recommended. The order of the sites visited may vary. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.