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Tunnel Beach, Larnach Castle gardens, beautiful Otago Peninsula and Dunedin City Highlights Tour

DURATION 8 HOURS
Prices as follows:
Two people (minimum) $325 pp
Four people $190 pp
Six People (maximum) $145 pp

Tunnel Beach is sometimes referred to as Dunedin's most romantic spot.  Well, its history is certainly steeped in romance and tragedy. The Cargill's are one of Otago's founding family's.   It was John, the son of the family's  Patriarch Captain William, that in 1870, excavated a tunnel down to a secluded beach so that the Cargill families could bathe in privacy and away from the prying eyes of St Clair. Tragedy struck though and Cargill's youngest daughter was drowned when caught in the beaches' infamous dangerous rip. The beach has massive sandstone boulders and there is mysterious graffiti carved into the cliffs that makes Tunnel Beach worthy of a visit.
We visit Larnach Castle Carden-one of only five gardens nationwide to have been given the rating of “Garden of International Significance” by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. They were the first gardens in the South Island to be given this award.
We drive the Otago Peninsula – a picturesque haven of rolling hills, secluded bays, sandy beaches and clifftop vistas and home to New Zealand fur seals & sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, and the only mainland Royal albatross colony anywhere.
From the Albatross Colony we are off to the city of Dunedin- perhaps New Zealand's best kept secret. Modelled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Tour details & itinerary

We collect you and drop you off at your accommodation, cruise ship, or the Information Centre in the Octagon. 
This tour will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 people.
Entry for Larnach Gardens included (Castle entry fee is not included).
We also provide binoculars and raincoat.
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level.

  • Tunnel beach. The access to Tunnel Beach is about a 2km return walk. The walkway is fairly steep.  The track is gravelled and fenced.   There are bench seats to sit and admire the view.    A quick descent  but about 30 minutes for the climb back up. A moderate level of fitness is required and please ensure you have appropriate footwear.

  • Magnificent views from the Otago Peninsula to the harbour. 

  • The gardens at Larnach Castle-Garden of International Significance

  • Sandfly Bay Lookout

  • The Dunedin Railway Station- is Dunedin's most celebrated building and is the most photographed in the country. 

  • Octagon and historic buildings famous as one of New Zealand's finest Edwardian and Victorian Architecture.

  • Walk on the beaches, enjoy the coastal environment

  • Signal Hill Lookout 

  • Baldwin Street – the world’s steepest street