Shore Excursion NZ will help you get the most out of your Dunedin stop. With the City Sights Tour offering you comfort and commentary on the surrounding areas, or book a trip of a lifetime on the Taeri Gorge Train through the beautiful Otago landscape. If none of this takes your fancy step back in time visiting New Zealand's only castle Larnach Castle
Dunedin is often said to be the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere – you will feel as though you have stepped back in time in this historic city. Dunedin was founded on the hard toil of whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland. Striking architecture is scattered throughout the city and gives Dunedin a distinctive feel you will instantly fall in love with. Also known as the city of Firsts present –day Dunedin is a city of culture and education which bursts with a special vibrancy.
A full commentary and local area knowledge is provided on this journey.
The first stop is at the impressive Historical Railway Station said to be NZ’s most photographed building and proceeds towards a scenic look-out point of the city and impressive harbour. Enjoy the ambience of Edwardian and Victorian architecture including the University of Otago the first and largest in NZ. The First Presbyterian Church with its 54m spire, the Municiple Chambers, designed in 1878 and St Paul’s Cathedral a beautiful church made of Oamaru stone. We will also view the steepest street in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records before travellers can enjoy a free afternoon in the heart of the city’s Octagon with its surrounding attractions and electric mix of cafes, bars, and free wireless internet.
Return departure from the Octagon to Port Chalmers.
Departs Port Chalmers 9:00am - Allow approx 4 hrs
From Port Chalmers you will be transported to the Historical Dunedin Railway station for the train adventure of a lifetime through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery which cannot be seen from the road. Once the train chugs out of the station, sit back and relax as your train negotiates through the narrow Taieri Gorge, through tunnels and over viaducts while soaring above the river.
Departs Port Chalmers 9:00am
Train returns 1:30pm approx - Optional city sights excursion is available upon your return.
"One of the world's greatest train trips"
Visit the famous Lanarch Castle, enjoy the views, Take a step back in time and learn about the Larnach family history, A Scandalous, tragic and interesting story.
A beautiful piece of history set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds.
Includes Castle Entry Fees