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Dunedin, New Zealand-port

This charming city lies at the head of a fiord-like inlet and is surrounded by seven hills. In the early days, Dunedin was the largest and wealthiest city in the country, thanks mainly to the gold fields. It has been responsible for many firsts: the first to have gaslight, water mains, hydro power and steam trams. Discover the rugged, beautiful Otago Peninsula, filled with geological wonders, and gaze in awe at the great albatross with its ten-foot wingspan. Keep an eye out for fur seals on the rocks and perhaps some yellow-eyed penguins. Visit Larnach Castle, a historic 19th-century property surrounded by gardens and splendid views. It is often said that Dunedin is the most perfectly preserved Victorian City anywhere. Explore historic Dunedin with its splendid Victorian and Edwardian stone buildings. Look for delightful local crafts, artwork, wool and leather items among the souvenirs. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines as well as lamb and seafood.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Dunedin Peninsula - Wildlife & Larnach Castle
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Dunedins Heritage By Classic Car
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Dunedin
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Nature's Wonders Wildlife Safari
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Otago Harbor Wildlife Cruise
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Pride of the Southbrewery & Otago Museum
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Taieri Gorge Railway and Olveston House
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • The Taieri Gorge Railway Experience
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMinimal Activity RequiredRegent ChoiceMeal

Dunedin Peninsula - Wildlife & Larnach Castle

Moderate Activity/Walking Meal

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.