Standing proudly on the peninsula’s highest point, Larnach Castle was an extravagance of the Dunedin banker, merchant and politician, William Larnach. Built in 1871 to impress his French-nobility-descended wife, the Gothic mansion is filled with exquisite antique furnishings. The gardens offer fantastic views of the peninsula and harbour.
Runs 2½-hour tours of Larnach Castle (adult/child $65/32.50) and summertime wildlife tours.
Taiaroa Head, at the peninsula’s eastern tip, has the world’s only mainland royal albatross colony. The best time to visit is from December to February, when one parent is constantly guarding the young while the other delivers food throughout the day. Sightings are most common in the afternoon when the winds pick up, and calm days don’t see much bird action.
Glenfalloch Woodland Garden covers 12 hectares with flowers, walking tracks and swaying, mature trees including a 1000-year-old matai. Expect spectacular harbour views. The Portobello bus stops out the front.
Offers trips in double sea kayaks, with wildlife often sighted en route. Trips run between four hours and a full day. Some trips start in Dunedin and some on the peninsula.
Small-group tours of up to six hours. Pick-up and drop-off from Dunedin is included.
Tours combining albatross and penguin viewing.