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Larnach Castle & Gardens

145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
64 3 476 1616
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Ranked #10 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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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the Castle after staying the night at the accommodation offered on the grounds. It was included in our accommodation so we spent a good three hours soaking up the place. The castle is quite unique. When I first rolled up I was quite taken back, I guess I wasn't expecting much but then you're presented... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

After living in Dunedin for several years, I finally had the chance to visit Larnach Castle. The grounds were beautiful and the house has been lovingly restored by the Barker family. I felt the $28 entry fee was a little steep considering the tour is self-guided (and it's $5 more for an audio visual tour via smartphone). The history of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the wonderful Olverston House before visiting Larnarch castle. Unfortunately it really should be titled 'Historic house' not castle as it technically is just a historic house even per castle standards overseas. Far too overpriced for what it is and took us under an hour to see the whole thing.

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Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is the only castle in NZ. Dont expect it to be as glamorous or massive like Versailles. Think of it as a villa of a rich man with very large garden. The view is beautiful as expected from NZ. The cafe was mice. The garden is well taken care of. If you like history, hire the audio guide. Only... More

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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi adn88. Thank you for your review, it sounds like you had a great time visiting Larnach Castle. It's also good to hear your positive feedback regarding the cafe and our new virtual tour app, which we are very proud of. We hope you visit again in the near future. Regards, Michael More

Putaruru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have visited the castle on numerous occasions but my partner hasn't. So it was very nice to be able to show him this beautiful castle on our recent holiday. He was amazed at the castle and visiting again for me was a pleasure. We had a very nice day weather wise too which was a bonus to enjoy the... More

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited Larnach Castle and Gardens in December 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the gardens. What the owners of this property have done is amazing. Loved trying to find all the story book characters in the garden, some of which weren't easy to find. Every corner we turned showed a different view and a different type of planting.... More

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Cromwell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The weather was miserable with a strong wind chilling us to the bone so we didn't walk from the car park nearest to the entrance but drove as far as we could. I prefer to walk from the entrance car park because the castle isn't visible until you arrive at the top of the steps and it's suddenly all powerful... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Nice scenic car ride from Dunedin, 17kms along a winding road. Interesting displays. Lovely cafe in the ballroom... thoroughly recommend the Eggs Benedict with salmon!

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Visited this beautiful landmark in Dunedin, impressive gardens and enjoyable views. we drove from Duniden and paid at the gate very easy and welcoming atmosphere. Set high up on the Otago peninsular offers a spectacular views down the harbour. Best way to get to the castle is by car as it is about 17 Kms from the centre of Dunedin,... More

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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Kim. Thank you for your kind words. It's great to gain positive feedback about the welcoming atmosphere you found upon arrival at the castle. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Otago Peninsula and that we see you back here soon. Regards, Michael More

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Lovely restored home. Enjoyed learning about the history of the house and previous occupants. The gardens and views were worth the visit.

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