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Larnach Castle & Gardens

Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 476 1616
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Ranked #11 of 39 Attractions in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is one place you have to visit when you are in Dunedin, New Zealand! And if you have never seen a real castle, the Larnach Castle will be a great eye-opener. The castle grounds are immaculate and beautifully maintained. The castle itself is a marvel! It's so rich in history and so many things to see inside - ancient... More 

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Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It was ok, the gardens were pretty but not anything spectacular. I felt like I was on a treasure hunt with their tour, we were lost more than we were on track.

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Te Anau, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

What a great location for a meeting. We had a very informative tour around the Castle and were hosted in the unique setting of the stables for our meeting. The service was top class and location spoke for itself. Well don and thanks.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We went to Larnochs Castle to have lunch in the cafe, as we had been through the Castle a few times in previous years. We still had to pay $27.00 for the privelege. I can sort of understand the cost as you could spend alot of time wandering around the gardens, and the upkeep must be expensive with staff etc.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The castle and grounds are wonderful. We stayed in the lodge and had dinner in the castles it's expensive but absolutely worth it. The views are spectacular. This was my favourite NZ site.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Tickets for the self-guided tour are pricey, so I expected a pretty large castle. Instead, it's four floors with a small museum, standards rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. Wasn't really impressed. The view from the top of the tower was really pretty, though. The gardens were nice, but I was a bit disappointed that we had spent so much money and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

$58 for two doesn't get you much at Larnach except a self guided "tour" of a nice house with a fairly interesting background, but subtract more than half of the original furnishings and throw in 200 tourists and a mediocre garden (if this is all you want to see, then yes, that costs you $13 by the way) and you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was a really nice Place to celebrate new year. Dinner at the castle was excellent. When you book a room you have access to the castle

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

First things first, I just want to clarify that this is NOT actually a castle but a very large, old house. If you're expecting to see anything resembling European style castles you will be sorely disappointed. While the house does have quite an interesting history, pretty gardens and some nice views it's nothing to write home about. If you're short... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We decided to visit the Castle and luckily it was a beautiful warm summer day. The story of the family was full of mystery, sadness and scandal. The view from the top of the tower over the Peninsular was stunning and no doubt enhanced by the good weather. I'm not a real garden person but it was lovely and the... More 

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