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Larnach Castle & Gardens

145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
64 3 476 1616
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Ranked #9 of 41 Attractions in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Owner description: Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. It took more than... more » Owner description: Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. It took more than 200 workmen three years to build the Castle shell and master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior. Larnach spared no expense on his dream home, which features the finest materials from around the world.The Castle is still privately owned and cared for by the Barker family who purchased it as their home in 1967. Decades have been spent on the Castle's restoration, with the family having restored empty buildings from ruin and assembled a large collection of original New Zealand period furniture and antiques. Open to the public throughout, this conservation project has been funded through admission fees. The family has always been committed to opening their home and sharing this significant period of Dunedin and New Zealand's history.Scandalous and tragic stories, spectacular tower views and a Garden of International Significance complete this enjoyable award-winning experience. Boutique Lodge accommodation is available in the Castle gardens. Weddings, Balls, Conferences and Celebrations are held in the beautiful 3000 square foot Ballroom. High Tea is also now served daily in the Ballroom at 3pm « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Lovely castle. Did the self tour and it was very interesting. For what you pay, it isn't worth it but still enjoyable. Café was good. Nice setting and warm inside.

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Cologne, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

"New Zealand's only castle"? If Larnch is it, New Zealand has no castle. This could have been a 5-star review, as I'd given the place the benefit of the doubt because it *is* Dunedin, even though for the price, the gardens are quite small and not that impressive and the "castle" not a castle at all. As it stands, the... More

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Paducah, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

There is a debate whether or not this is a real castle. In my opinion, it was interesting to look at but if it is a castle it is a small castle. The one room, Constances Room, was very creepy and it weirded me out. The grounds were wonderful to view and the panoramic views from the castle were fabulous.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We paid $25 for 2 tickets into the gardens. Surprised how small they are! Would have thought for the price they would have been more extensive.. More like an English castle. Also it's not a castle, as the name suggests, it was a stately home. I'm sure the inside was nice, and I've read about how much the owners have... More

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Kyabram, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Our trip to Larnach Castle was really good. Loved the way our tour guide Bruce told the story of how the castle came to be and all about its inhabitants. The castle is a beautiful building and the wood interiors are amazing craftmanship.

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Was only there for just over an hour, although the house was lovely, the gardens aren't my interest, so didn't bother with that aspect of the place. Really enjoyed the Devonshire tea in the ballroom with the lovely fires going.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Although I have visited and grown up with this castle it never ceases to amaze and excite me.We wined and dined there for my birthday 2 weeks ago which included an intimate shared dining experience with 20 others including tourists. Our host explained the history of Larnach Castle which I still found interesting.We had a wonderful magical evening which made... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

One of the pamphlets called this the number one attraction in Dunedin. Its nice and all with the wood interiors and nice view from the tower but I'd say its too small for a castle. the grounds were very pristine. Good restoration job.

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Fascinating ,beautiful and tragic all in the same day .Weather could have been nicer . Brilliant views.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Charming and expensively put together house on magnfiicent heights with classy gardens and a pleasant cafe. This should be taken in as part of an Otago Peninsula tour to get a full effects benefit.

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