The Castle Cruiser
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Cruise Ship Visits


DUNEDIN'S BIG DAY OUT is the best value Cruise Ship tour in Dunedin.

Let The The Castle Cruiser, Dunedin's only locally owned, daily,  Larnach Castle tour, take you on a memorable tour of Dunedin and Larnach's Castle, New Zealands only Castle. 

No other operators on a Cruise Ship day can boast this as they are either not locally owned or they come in as a fly by night operation to expolit unsuspecting passengers posing to be something that they are not. 

The Castle Cruiser is the only operator on Cruise Ship days that can honestly boast as to being what we say we are - guaranteed. 

Why go with an imposter? You wouldn't buy a Diamond ring and be happy to find out it's a Cubic Zirconian would you? Need we say more?

See the Castle with an expert guide who will show you things no other Castle guide will show you. (This is included as standard unlike some other tour operators who will charge up to $16.00 extra for this privilege). 

Hear the Larnach family story, the triumphs and the tragedies, in a way that you will remember for years to come.

The tour is an extended tour and lasts 5.5 hours to/from the Dunedin I-Site (located in the Octagon) and 6.5 hours to/from Port Chalmers.

This extended tour ensures that all the major points of interest are covered around Dunedin and that you have a more relaxed time enjoying the day compared to other tours that both rush things and miss out other things.

No swapping buses and wasting time waiting as with all the other operators that are offering Larnach Castle and City Sights Tours. One bus - One Trip

You will see more of Dunedin than other tours and you will also get the most comprehensive tour of Larnach Castle - guaranteed!

Fantastic photo stops are all part of this wonderful day. It is not called "The BIG Day Out" for nothing!

Cruise Ship customers can be up-lifted from the ship at Port Chalmers at a cost of $105.00pp (Adult) or $55.00pp (Child).

This includes a return to Port Chalmers in the fare.

A Family Pass costs 2A/3C costs $320.00.

Alternatively Cruise Ship passengers can catch one of the ships own shuttles or public transport (Council Buses) into Dunedin City and meet the tour outside the i-Site ( Information Centre). The cost for this option is or standard from town price of $90.00pp or $45.00 child. (ages 5-14 years inclusive).

Includes: All entry fees and transport to from Larnach Castle, a private guide inside the Castle                            and a comprehensive tour of Dunedin City.

               * Lunch/Snacks are available at your own cost from the Larnach Castle Ballroom Cafe

Important Information for Cruise Ship Days:

On a standard cruise ship day (days where the ships are due to dock before 8.30am) The Castle Cruiser schedules to arrive at Port Chalmers (a 15 commute into Dunedin City) at 9.45am for a 10.00am departure HOWEVER on a day that the cruise ship arrives later than this  then we shedule to arrive 45 mins after docking for a departure 60mins later. This allows time for passengers to disembark.

Your driver is identifiable as they are holding a castle shaped sign on a pole with "The Castle Cruiser - Big Day Out" on it.

Your driver will also be dressed in an Olive coloured polo shirt with "The Castle Cruiser" and their nyame in gold embroidery.

Please wait for your driver in the Private Tours Departure Area and they will come and get you from there.

You will need both Photo id and your Ship Boarding Pass for all passengers traveling with us, so that you can get back onto the ship at the end of your day in Dunedin. Please do not forget these or you will not be able to easily access your ship and may even be left behind. Port security is particularly stringent on these conditions being met due to it being an international entry/exit point.

Disclaimer:
Ships in order to sell more expensive tours to their customers often cite missing your sailing time as a valid reason to book with their more expensive tours as they guarantee you will not miss their sailing.
On those days that the cruise ships sail early we adapt the end time to suit so you will not miss your tour.
Similar tours onboard sell for up to twice the amount and in either USD/AUD. 

Don't be sucked in - We have never missed a ship's sailing yet and we guarantee that you will not miss your ship!!!

To ensure you have the right date/s for your ship please refer to the following link before booking your tour: www.portotago.co.nz/marine-and-shipping/shipping-schedules/cruise-ship-schedule
 
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