Dunedin Larnach Castle Excursion Reviews

Visit the massive mansion known as Larnach Castle in Dunedin, complete with renowned gardens.
Tour guide was exceptional.
Tour guide was exceptional. His knowledge of the locale and demeanor was extremely friendly. The coach driver had a great sense of humour to keep us entertained.
Tour guide was exceptional. His knowledge of the locale and demeanor was extremely friendly. The coach driver had a great sense of humour to keep us entertained. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
great old homestead beautiful castle
great old homestead beautiful castle
great old homestead beautiful castle Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was lovely.
It was lovely. There was a fantastic view from the top of the tower. It was an interesting experience to climb the small winding stairs to the top. The Scottish bagpiper welcoming us as we arrived on the bus, was just superb.
It was lovely. There was a fantastic view from the top of the tower. It was an interesting experience to climb the small winding stairs to the top. The Scottish bagpiper welcoming us as we arrived on the bus, was just superb. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
On the way to Larnach Castle (after leaving Olveston House), our bus driver diverted via the ...
On the way to Larnach Castle (after leaving Olveston House), our bus driver diverted via the Dunedin Train Station so we could get an outside photo of this great looking building. Thank you. Larnach Castle was an amazing place to visit ... Read More
On the way to Larnach Castle (after leaving Olveston House), our bus driver diverted via the Dunedin Train Station so we could get an outside photo of this great looking building. Thank you. Larnach Castle was an amazing place to visit - I had wanted to see this place for many years. And in true 'Scottish' style, we were fogged in. A truly haunting, yet amazing place. On the way back to the ship at Port Chalmers, the bus driver took us on a small inner city tour, including a visit to Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street. Great work. Thoroughly enjoyable day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Beautiful castle and grounds.
Beautiful castle and grounds. A must see!
Beautiful castle and grounds. A must see! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We were cheek by jowl with so many people - the castle was bulging at the seams - what we could see ...
We were cheek by jowl with so many people - the castle was bulging at the seams - what we could see was beautiful but our group itself was so big we couldn't hear our guide. No provision for gluten free and no time to see the gardens ... Read More
We were cheek by jowl with so many people - the castle was bulging at the seams - what we could see was beautiful but our group itself was so big we couldn't hear our guide. No provision for gluten free and no time to see the gardens - such a pity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very scenic drive on the Otago peninsula to a 19th century castle of sorts.
Very scenic drive on the Otago peninsula to a 19th century castle of sorts. Lovely fresh scones and tea to start. Very interesting guided tour full of intrigue and lore about the founding family. Also stops at an older mansion stocked ... Read More
Very scenic drive on the Otago peninsula to a 19th century castle of sorts. Lovely fresh scones and tea to start. Very interesting guided tour full of intrigue and lore about the founding family. Also stops at an older mansion stocked with collectables, and the famous Train Station. Nice driver with a relaxed, informative tour including city highlights such as The Octogon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Larnach Castle was spectacular and our guide has worked there for many years and was able to tell ...
Larnach Castle was spectacular and our guide has worked there for many years and was able to tell us a lot of details we would not have found out any other way.
Larnach Castle was spectacular and our guide has worked there for many years and was able to tell us a lot of details we would not have found out any other way. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Castle amazing, fun and friendly.
Castle amazing, fun and friendly. Headfirst - HORRIBLE. Confusing, lead to believe it was a tour but placed on four different buses including 2 hop on hop off buses. Pointed in direction to meet another bus that was 2 blocks away and no ... Read More
Castle amazing, fun and friendly. Headfirst - HORRIBLE. Confusing, lead to believe it was a tour but placed on four different buses including 2 hop on hop off buses. Pointed in direction to meet another bus that was 2 blocks away and no one knew who you were or what your itinary was...it was almost like do it yourself tour. HORRIBLE. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Such an elegant place which left me wanting to learn more about it's history
Such an elegant place which left me wanting to learn more about it's history
Such an elegant place which left me wanting to learn more about it's history Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very interesting tour guide & castle guide.
Very interesting tour guide & castle guide. We had a great time there, well recommended.
Very interesting tour guide & castle guide. We had a great time there, well recommended. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our guide Mark met us at the terminal and we were off.
Our guide Mark met us at the terminal and we were off. The morning part of the full day tour included stops at the Worl'd's steepest street, the cemetery, the university and the train station all with a bit of history. The ... Read More
Our guide Mark met us at the terminal and we were off. The morning part of the full day tour included stops at the Worl'd's steepest street, the cemetery, the university and the train station all with a bit of history. The highlight was the afternoon visit to Larnach Castle. A fascinating story behind this beautiful building and surrounding garden. The area is also quite scenic. Enjoy some lunch at the cafe on the grounds before you head back. Book ahead online. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We had a ball here, We actually chose to stay longer here and the tour bus came and picked us up ...
We had a ball here, We actually chose to stay longer here and the tour bus came and picked us up on its way back from a place we skipped, because we decided we wanted lunch here and to spend more time. the gardens are so magnificent!
We had a ball here, We actually chose to stay longer here and the tour bus came and picked us up on its way back from a place we skipped, because we decided we wanted lunch here and to spend more time. the gardens are so magnificent! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The castle is interesting from a historic perspective offering a glimpse into a time and place that ...
The castle is interesting from a historic perspective offering a glimpse into a time and place that is unique to Dunedin. Some of the rooms have been refurbished and the time period recreated; others are less so. On our visit, the ... Read More
The castle is interesting from a historic perspective offering a glimpse into a time and place that is unique to Dunedin. Some of the rooms have been refurbished and the time period recreated; others are less so. On our visit, the weather was poor with almost no visibility (which is a highlight, based on pictures, of a visit to the castle) and the rain made visiting the gardens impossible. This setting is worth a visit but it's not the "must-see" that literature about Dunedin makes it out to be. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great Castle and tour.
Great Castle and tour. Enjoyed it so very much! Beautiful mansion.
Great Castle and tour. Enjoyed it so very much! Beautiful mansion. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our tour included a stop at the local brewery for plant tour and tastings of several beers.
Our tour included a stop at the local brewery for plant tour and tastings of several beers. Castle, which is not really a castle but a large private home built to resemble Scottish castles, was very interesting and gardens there were ... Read More
Our tour included a stop at the local brewery for plant tour and tastings of several beers. Castle, which is not really a castle but a large private home built to resemble Scottish castles, was very interesting and gardens there were lovely. Had lunch there and it was very good. Nice dining room with lots of menu choices, both hot and cold, to choose from. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very fun and exciting for the kids.
Very fun and exciting for the kids. Extremely informative and beautiful just wish we had more time
Very fun and exciting for the kids. Extremely informative and beautiful just wish we had more time Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
An amazing time capsule of life long ago.
An amazing time capsule of life long ago. Well worth a visit. Our tour stopped here as well as other places so we felt we got a good taste of the town.
An amazing time capsule of life long ago. Well worth a visit. Our tour stopped here as well as other places so we felt we got a good taste of the town. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The tour guide was rude and just kept complaining how late we were, and it upset the schedule for ...
The tour guide was rude and just kept complaining how late we were, and it upset the schedule for the castle. I think I would have rather just walked around with the headsets, and not with the guide, we all felt intimidated and were ... Read More
The tour guide was rude and just kept complaining how late we were, and it upset the schedule for the castle. I think I would have rather just walked around with the headsets, and not with the guide, we all felt intimidated and were wasting his time, I ended up switching off with him and we got more out of the tour.No time to have a cup of tea or even use the amenities - not impressed - we should have been reimbursed for this tour Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Started with coffee and scones in the dining area of the castle then toured the house.
Started with coffee and scones in the dining area of the castle then toured the house. Nice tour and the grounds and views were very good.
Started with coffee and scones in the dining area of the castle then toured the house. Nice tour and the grounds and views were very good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I found the Castle well present and maintained its was enjoyable to be there.
I found the Castle well present and maintained its was enjoyable to be there.
I found the Castle well present and maintained its was enjoyable to be there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Scottish Experience was fantastic.
The Scottish Experience was fantastic. A piper, highland dancers and the host performed a haggis ceremony. Very entertaining and a nice lunch of chicken and salad. The house is amazing and has a very interesting history.
The Scottish Experience was fantastic. A piper, highland dancers and the host performed a haggis ceremony. Very entertaining and a nice lunch of chicken and salad. The house is amazing and has a very interesting history. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Although small by castle standards, it has an interesting ownership history & the tour was great.
Although small by castle standards, it has an interesting ownership history & the tour was great.
Although small by castle standards, it has an interesting ownership history & the tour was great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
A wonderful old castle on top of the hill surrounded by beautiful gardens.
A wonderful old castle on top of the hill surrounded by beautiful gardens. The guided tour was a bit too brief but the Devonshire Tea was very nice.
A wonderful old castle on top of the hill surrounded by beautiful gardens. The guided tour was a bit too brief but the Devonshire Tea was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises