The Castle Cruiser

Heritage Attractions in Otago
Price range:
$45.00 - $120.00


“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.

This vehicle is regarded as the best fit out to a bus in NZ at the time it was completed, some 5 years ago and as such exudes class.

Our tour is 4 hours duration, the longest and includes a comprehensive city sights tour before going to the castle itself.

On cruise ship days our morning tour is 4 hours and the afternoon tour is 3.5 hours long due to Cruise Ship departure times.

A full historical commentary is given en route which is complemented by spectacular Otago Peninsula views.

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.


#1 - A. Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle Tour with Central City Accommodation or i-Site Pick-up/Drop off.
Pick-ups from 9.15am
Departs 9.30am
Returns 1.30pm

#2 - B. Glow Worm Tour

A magical tour of Dunedin City followed by a Glow Worm Tour where you will see these incredible creatures lighting up the native bush.

Not only will you see them close up but you will also see their habitat and the threads that they weave to capture their prey.

You don't get to see that at either the Waitomo or Te Anau caves.

Departure times are to be advised. Only at Night!

Please leave contact details when booking so we can advise you.

#3 - C. Larnach Castle & Glow Worm Tour

Combo that includes our popular Larnach Castle Tour as well as the Glow Worm Tour.

Larnach Castle Tour with Central City Accommodation or i-Site Pick-up/Drop off.
Pick-ups from 9.15am
Departs 9.30am
Returns 12.30pm

Glow Worm Tour Departure time depends on time of year.

You will be advised as to departure time while on the Larnach Castle tour. Glow Worm Tour is only at night!

With this Combo you Save, Save, Save.

#4 - Castle & Bike

Take our trip to the Castle and then make your way back to Dunedin under your own steam by riding one of our fantastic bikes. Being at the top of the Peninsula's High Road it is pretty much all down hill back to town from the Castle. Maybe before returning to the city you might want to explore the Otago Peninsula (rated as one of the world's Top 10 Bike Rides in 2010)? It is up to you. All the equipment is provided including Bike/Helmet/Repair Kit/Pump. Best of all we will pick-up the bike at days end to make it all rather convenient for you. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

#5 - D. Larnach Castle & Olveston House

Visit Dunedin's outstanding examples of Victorian and Edwardian Architecture and see for yourself the decadence of the day.

Magnificent heritage houses, each completely different and worthy of your time to explore.

You will visit Larnach Castle in the morning and Olveston in the afternoon.

All transport to/from is included as are entry fees to both attractions.

This is an easy way to combine both tours and make a day of it in Dunedin.

Accommodation and/or i-Site Pick-up from 9.15am.

Departure 9.30am
Returns to City by 1.30pm

Lunch(at your own cost)is available from the Ballroom Cafe at Larnach Castle.

Arrive at Olveston 1.30pm
Return to Accommodation/i-Site 2.45pm

#6 - E. Cruise Ship - Port Chalmers Pick-up AM

Larnach Castle tour with a Port Chalmers Pick-up.
Departs 9.45am.
Returns 3.15pm to Dunedin City i-Site
Returns 3.45pm to Port Chalmers

#7 - F. Cruise Ship - Dunedin City i-Site Pick-up AM

Larnach Castle tour with a Dunedin i-Site Pick-up.
Departs 10.15am.
Returns 3.15pm to Dunedin City i-Site


avatar - May 2017 -


It was fun (lots of jokes been told) & lots of information, history and behind stories!

avatar - Apr 2017 -


wonderful day out-history of Dunedin and the beautiful Otago Peninsula.

avatar - Feb 2017 -


My father loved the small group size and the friendliness of the guide. He had a great time. Thanks.

avatar - Feb 2017 -


Mark was a humorous and engaging guide. He promised us one glow worm sighting at least, and delivered more than one. Mark was also accommodating in changing our pick-up locations, and we're grateful for it.

avatar - Jan 2017 -


good tour saw lots,abit of juggling around due to over booking mishap.Driver great and informative


If a cancellation is made within 7 days of arrival day, loss of 50% of the total booking price.