Great houses of Dunedin

This historic tour explores one of Dunedin’s great houses as well as New Zealand’s only castle. Your first stop will be at Olveston House, a historic 35 room mansion that was built by a prominent Dunedin businessman between 1904 and 1906. Visitors are transported into another era whilst experiencing the many treasures collected from around the world. Complete with its acre of manicured gardens, this is truly not to be missed. Next visit Larnach Castle on the crown of a wooded hill overlooking Otago Harbour. Designed in Scotland, the Neo-Gothic castle required three years to build and another twelve to complete. The castle boasts English tile work, Italian marble, Venetian glass, and exotic hardwoods from around the world.
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  • Location

    Dunedin - Port Chalmers

  • Activity Types

    Sightseeing / City Tour

  • Experience Types


  • Duration

    4.5 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $119.99
    Children (12 & under) from $89.99

  • Snack included!
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Many photo opportunities are avilable on this tour although flash's may be restricted.


Morning or afternoon tea will be provided at Larnach Castle.

Special Notes

The sequence of the tour may vary. The ground floor at Olveston House is accessible for those with wheelchairs; there is no elevator to access the upper floors. For those remaining downstairs, a DVD of the upper floor contents may be viewed. Larnach Castle is fitted with neither ramps nor elevators, wheelchair confined passengers would therefore be only restricted to visiting the castle's gardens. All tour times are subject to changes. Please check your tickets which are issued when you get onboard for any amendments to tour departure times.

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