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Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery

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Port Chalmers, New Zealand
Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula on a full-day shore excursion that includes Larnach Castle & Gardens and Speight’s Brewery, two of the region’s top destinations. With an experienced guide to lead the way, you’ll discover the fascinating city of Dunedin, step back in time at New Zealand’s only castle, then visit a historic working brewery with deep southern roots. This 6.5-hour tour includes all entrance fees and guided tours, as well as pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers.
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Guided Tour of Larnach Castle
Guided Tour of Speights Brewery
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Gratuities
Port Chalmers Wharf , 19 Beach Street, Port Chalmers 9023, New Zealand
9:30 AM
Your Cruise Ship will come into Port Chalmers. Once you disembark, all passengers must make their way to the private hire area in the cruise ship pavilion which is well sign posted. Please wait for a "Good Company Tours" representative, they will direct you to the "Good Company" buses which will be departing from outside the Visitor Centre. Please get there around 9.15am for a 9.30am departure.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Covered footwear is required for the Brewery Tour
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-4
Nice Dunedin tour
maria_r
, Mar 2020
The tour was good and you had time to explore the gardens and eat lunch at the restaurant. This was a pleasant tour and the gardens and view from the top of the castle is beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the review, Maria. It's great to hear you had a nice time on your Larnach Castle and Speight's Brewery tour with us and I hope you get to return to Dunedin someday soon!
star-5
Great day in Dunedin
Kristine_R
, Mar 2020
Great tour. Interesting history shared by knowledgeable guides. The brewery tour was fun, learned a lot about beer making and enjoyed the beer tasting! Wish we could buy Speights beer in the US!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review, Kristine, of your Dunedin Sightseeing Tour with Larnach Castle & Speight's Brewery. I'm glad you found it both interesting and fun! And yes, I wish our American friends could enjoy Speight's Beer as well! Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Dunedin someday soon!
star-5
Larnach Castle
Joyce_B
, Feb 2020
Our driver/guide was excellent. Brewery trip was good but rushed at the tasting. The brewery guide was a bit rude when people didn’t want to taste the beer
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the awesome review, Joyce. I'm really happy you enjoyed you Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Speight's Brewery. Sorry to hear that your brewery guide was a little rude and you felt like it was rushed. I'll be sure to pass on your comments to them. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit New Zealand again soon!
star-3
Disappointing
MARGIE_D
, Feb 2020
The tour itself was good but unfortunately the poor driver had too many other stops and tours he was doing at the same time as ours. He would drop us off, go pick up another group then pick us up again. Couple times we had to wait for the driver to come get us! I feel he was only the driver and nothing else. Then we had braking issues with the bus we were on.... We were disappointed at the service level of the tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review, however, without reference to either a date of travel or the drivers name it is difficult to ascertain on what day you travelled. Having checked all of our maintenance records what I can assure you is that none of our vehicles have had any issues with their brakes or for that matter any other maintenance issues this season. All of our cruise ship excursions are very popular and normally sold out prior to the ships arrival in port. For Larnach Castle and Dunedin sightseeing we have two options the first is with Speights and the second is with the Chinese Gardens. Everybody travels from the Cruise ship to Larnach Castle and does the sightseeing together, however, in the afternoon some passengers visit the Chinese Gardens whilst others visit Speights, with some free time for both groups in the central city to get some lunch and or do some shopping. During this afternoon period the driver is busy with the various transfers, however, the distances between the two attractions is not great and delays are rare and should they occur they will be only a matters of a minute or two and will be due to road works or traffic congestion.
star-5
Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery
Cindy_J
, Feb 2020
We arrived in Dunedin on a rainy, foggy day. Our tour guide Josh was outstanding with his narratives and driving in the foggy conditions. We enjoyed our visit to the castle, but missed the great views due to the weather. Our tour of Speight's Brewery was also well done. It is always great to see a piece of history in the cities we visit. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the great review! I'm happy you enjoyed yourself on your Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle and Speight's Brewery, despite the weather conditions on the day that you travelled. It's also great to hear that your driver/guide, Josh, made your day all the more enjoyable in Dunedin with his excellent driving and commentary. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him! Thanks for the recommendation and I hope you get to visit Dunedin again soon.
star-4
Larnach Family Castle Story so touching!
MRSJOANNEL_C
, Jan 2020
Our bus driver was very helpful and spoke very clearly. He spoke about all the special places and presented historical facts of Dunedin. He was enthusiastic about Dunedin since it is his home. The castle tour was very interesting and well presented by the Scottish volunteers. The story of the family connected to the castle made the visit that much more intriguing. The tour of the brewery hit the spot with a couple glasses of COLD beer at it’s completion. Wish we could have had a longer time to see the train station. The steepest Street in the world was something that could have been looked at just from the bus. Good job!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for the great review of your Dunedin City Tour with Larnach Castle & Speights Brewery from Port Chalmers. I'm really glad you enjoyed yourself on this shore excursion. It's also great to hear that your driver/guide help made your tour that much more interesting and memorable. The visits to both Larnach Castle and the Speights Brewery are highlights for many people who do this tour, so it's nice to hear you thoroughly enjoyed both visits. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Dunedin again soon!
star-5
Dunedin Tour
Birgit_H
, Jan 2020
Our guide was very informative, he was pleasant, always checked that everyone was on the bus. He picked us up when he said he would. An overall very enjoyable tour. Would highly recommend them.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for the awesome review, which was in part due to the hospitable nature of your driver/guide that day. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to him. Thanks for the recommendation and I hope you get to visit Dunedin again some time soon!
star-5
Dunedin
George R
, Dec 2019
Excellent tour. Good trip around Dunedin. Great tours of the Larnach Castle and Speight's Brewery. Very knowledgeable and helpful tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for the great review of your Dunedin Shore Excursion with Larnach Castle, Gardens & Speight's Brewery. I'm glad you had such an enjoyable experience and that your driver/guide was helpful and informative! We hope you get to visit Dunedin and New Zealand again in the future.
star-5
New Zealand Cruise
MsBonBon27
, Dec 2019
Great Tour ! Our tour guide/driver was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about her job. The Speights Brewery tour was wonderful and the Larnach Castle and Gardens were beautiful. Love Dunedin and will definitely go back. Great small group compared to the other larger tours from other companies. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thanks for the great review on your Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle, Gardens and Speight's Brewery. I'm happy you had such a nice time in Dunedin City. Otago is a beautiful part of the country and this tour is a great way to see some of the best attractions Dunedin has to offer. And it's always nice to hear a great review of our driver/guides too, so I'll pass that on your nice comments when I get a chance. Thanks for the recommendation and I hope you return to Dunedin at some point in the future!
star-3
No AC on the bus !
Barry_E
, Nov 2019
Our Driver Russell was very nice and informative. The tour as a whole was descent. The problem was the bus was so old it had no working Air Conditioning.. the driver was apologetic and said it only happens when there’s more than one ship in town .
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. On the day of travel the air temperature reached the mid 30's which is exceptional for Dunedin. Although the coach you were travelling on did have air conditioning with the high outdoor temperatures and a full coach of passengers it struggled to keep up and for this I do apologise. It is pleasing to hear that you found your driver Russell very informative.
star-4
nice day at the castle!
John_H
, Nov 2019
We had a really nice day taking the tour of Larnach Castle. The guide was very informative and fun to listen to his side comments. The lunch room was very crowded however, and it was difficult to get served and back to the tour on time.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed your shore excursion to Larnach Castle, Gardens, and Speight's Brewery. And I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your driver/guide as well. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words. With regards to the lunch stop, we don't often receive complaints about it - however I believe the day that you travelled with us was particularly busy and it's usually not that crowded. However, thanks for bringing this to our attention and we will keep an eye out for anymore comments regarding the lunch stop. Thanks again for the review and we hope you get to visit NZ again soon!
star-5
Great Tour and Value for the price
R Donald L
, Nov 2019
Castle was scenic place to visit and the history of the owners was interesting. We had a great tour of the brewery and enjoyed some good beers.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thanks for the 5 star review. I'm pleased you had a nice time on your Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle, Gardens, and Speight's Brewery. This tour is one of our most popular shore excursions in Dunedin and a great alternative to the Taieri Gorge Train, so it's always awesome to hear such positive feedback! Thanks again and I hope you get to visit New Zealand again some time soon.
star-5
Great tour. the tour guide was...
Kelly H
, Mar 2018
Great tour. the tour guide was highly knowledgable of the arear and provided a lot of information aboout the local sights. The scenery while travelling from the elected locations was beautiful.
star-4
A very informative tour guide. Enjoyed...
Glenda H
, Mar 2018
A very informative tour guide. Enjoyed the sights of Dunedin and surrounds
star-5
The drive to Larnach Castle was...
Michael_O
, Mar 2018
The drive to Larnach Castle was accompanied by spectacular scenery of Dunedin and the surrounds. The Larnarch Castle tour was very interesting. Our tour guide was a brilliant narrator and brought the history of the castle alive. The gardens are beautiful and vast and the cafe/dining area provides great coffee, refreshments along with a good menu choice. The Spleights Brewery tour was also very interesting and provided our group with the history of bear making in the region right through to the present day. The samples at the end of the tour were very generous. This tour is a must, particularly if you are arriving in Dunedin via cruise ship and have a limited amount of time to see Dunedin. You won’t be disappointed.
star-4
Enjoyed the tour, but wish we had...
Linda H
, Mar 2018
Enjoyed the tour, but wish we had more time at the Railway Station and Octagon. Didn't need as much time at the Larnach Castle Gardens, although they were beautiful to walk through. The tour of Speight's Brewery was informative and a lot of fun, thanks to the tour guide. Our Viator tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable about the area, and the tour started promptly and returned us to the ship on time.
star-4
The tour of the castle and grounds...
Sharon_M
, Mar 2018
The tour of the castle and grounds was quite interesting.... and how can you go wrong with a brewery tour?!? Cheers!
star-5
We so lucked out with weather on...
Gail_S
, Feb 2018
We so lucked out with weather on this cruise, and our Dunedin tour, including the Castle and brewery was amazing. After touring the castle and the outstanding gardens, we had a great fish and chip lunch at the castle, and then topped it off with a great tour of the Speight's Brewery, followed by a tasting experience not to be compared anywhere. Help yourself, and we did. Great tour guides, both our driver, and at the brewery. Thanks for a great day.
star-5
Fantastic day trip which cost about...
Mark_B
, Feb 2018
Fantastic day trip which cost about half what the ship was charging for the same intinerary. Picked up on time at the port and shown some city highlights before heading to Larnach Castle. The inside of the castle is amasing and the history of the Larnach family very interesting. Traveled back into town and then did a guided tour of Speights brewery followed by a beer tasting. Made it back to to the ship with about 20 minutes to spare. Over all it was an excellent day and the bus driver was friendly, helpful and very informative.
star-5
The castle is very beautiful and has...
Elizabeth L
, Feb 2018
The castle is very beautiful and has rich history. Beautiful views from the hills. Although I'm not a beer drinker prefer wine, I found the brewery tour very interesting, and we tasted several beers, some of which I liked! The men in the tour thoroughly enjoyed it. The brewery tour is a must for beer lovers!

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