The Castle Cruiser
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About Us

The Castle Cruiser is an owner operated business based in Dunedin, New Zealand specialising in fully guided tours to Larnach Castle.

Established in 2010 by Mark Joyce, The Castle Cruiser offers the most luxurious and informative trip to Larnach Castle. 

Commentary is done in such a way that the information conveyed is easily remembered and not in a manner that makes you feel like you are back at school.

Other operators to Larnach Castle cater for larger groups and therefore are less personal but Mark has not been tempted to buy into providing tours for the masses, preferring instead to stay small (13 people max), thereby providing the highest standards available.

Certain room sizes at the Castle mean that with our smaller groups our customers are actually able to enjoy their surroundings rather than feel cramped and crammed in, unlike the larger groups of our competitors.

As they say -  "Less really is more"

All of these factors combine to make The Castle Cruiser your number one choice when choosing a fully guided tour of Larnach Castle.


Mark Joyce

Mark Joyce Mark is the Owner/Operator of The Castle Cruiser.

Having been involved in Tourism since 2001 Mark understands what it is that makes a successful tour and strives to ensure that The Castle Cruiser is the number one tour to Larnach Castle.

Standards are high and Mark guarantees that this tour is the most comprehensive tour that goes to the Castle.

His knowledge concerning the Castle and its associated history is unparalled amongst operators offering guided services to this Dunedin icon.

Mark has other tourism related businesses that include Otago Cycle Hire (offering bike hire services around Dunedin as well as the Otago Rail Trail), Glow Worm Tours, and "The Best Little Dunedin Street Map Ever" (Dunedin's Number One Map - as officially endorsed and distributed by the Dunedin City Council's i-Site Information Centre).

Outside of work Mark enjoys Mountain-biking, Surfing (he is Dunedin's oldest Grommett - a learner surfer - having only started in Oct 2012), Body Boarding, Kayaking, Golf, Tramping and Fishing (trout) as well as spending time doing the aforementioned activities with his two children Mitchell (17 years old) and Emily (14 years old) who are both active and keen outdoorsy kids.

Mark coaches a rugby team, the Dunedin RFC Tigers  and this year they won their grad,e etching thier name into Otago rugby folklore.

A real rugby fan Mark follows the Dunedin Rugby Football Club, Otago Razorbacks (NPC Team & current Ranfurly Shield holders), the Highlanders (the 2015 Super 15 Champions) as well as theWworld Champion All Blacks (New Zealand National Rugby Team), through the good times and bad. "Go Otaaaaagooooo!!!

Photo Courtesy of Bev Davis a satisfied customer from February 2015. Apparently I look "Right In My Element" - according to the photographer!

"Eliza Jane"

"Eliza Jane" is The Castle Cruiser's most integral member.

Something very special "Eliza Jane" (named after Larnach's beloved first wife) is a custom fitted 13 seater bus that has reclining leather seats, air-conditioning, DVD/Video Player with 3 screens, as well as a 10 Disc CD Player and fridge.

Fitted out to the highest specifications "Eliza Jane" has been recognised as the benchmark for luxury travel in New Zealand.

Auckland Coach Builders proudly was responsible for the fantastic job of installing the interior and ensuring that the finish inside was both luxurious and practical.

The custom paint job also ensures that "Eliza Jane" is a very elegant and smart looking ride.
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