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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 38 attractions in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Perth Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a major tourist attraction in Dunedin and definitely worth a visit. Beautifully restored castle - one of the of the high lights to include on your tour of Dunedin. Interesting history on the family and the building itself. A Dunedin Icon.

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Wellington, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Larnach Castle is a unique part of NZ history and is worth a look. However if you go to the cafe don't order the scones with afternoon tea. We ordered them and they were either three days old or badly made and were served cold. To her credit the supervisor on duty reimbursed us the cost of the scones but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

More a manor than a castle, but carefully and tastefully restored. And you're free to wander! Don't neglect the gardens, especially the one with a northerly aspect overlooking the Otago Harbour.

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Suva
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The garden of the castle is amazing. But make sure to wear a thick jacket as the weather is very cold and sometimes windy. The castle has been restored to its original charm. The view is stunning especially at the back of the garden. There's also a cafe that serves light meals and occasional dinner. This is a must see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Our daughter had her wedding reception there in the ballroom. She married a Scotsman so there was a lot of Scottish dancing going on along with the haggis. Very appropriate for a Scottish city. The view from the top of the tower at night is breathtaking looking over the lights of the city. There is accommodation there also for those... More

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

This is a must to visit if you are visiting Dunedin. The gardens are especially beautiful in the spring and summer and the Castle has been beautifully restored. There is accommodation there if you would like special Peninsula experience.

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Torbay, null, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Interesting for historical reasons - one of the few castles in New Zealand. The gardens are beautiful, the view spectacular and the café food very good.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Dunedins my home! An amazing castle, beautiful gardens. I loved learning about the history. I've also been to a ball here too and had a great night. It's a wonderful place to visit. Great views of Dunedin from the castle and the gardens.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

NZ's only working castle - great restoration and setting - well worth a visit to catch fascinating NZ history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Make sure to bring a camera for all the great views and gardens. The inside tour is expensive so haven't ever done it. Recommend it to everyone, just make sure to go on a nice day.

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