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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 476 1616
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Description: Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach...
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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Larnach sits high above the rough midpoint of the Otago Peninsula with broad views of the entire harbor and surrounds. The grounds are maintained to the highest standards as is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Larnach sits high above the rough midpoint of the Otago Peninsula with broad views of the entire harbor and surrounds. The grounds are maintained to the highest standards as is the Castle itself. The Castle demonstrates a degree of craftsmanship seemingly lost in today's quick-build architecture with attention to detail at every turn. Caution for those with fear of heights... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stayed in the Pink room and our friends in the Scottish room. We could not find fault with the comfort of the room, staff, castle and gardens, dinner at the castle and/or breakfast in the Stables. The view from the rooms was excellent. The history of the castle was interesting during our dinner also.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Loved walking around the castle and absorbing the lives of the family that resided there. Although perhaps not as opulent as European castles, this one has its charms, and the gardens are very beautiful as well.

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Reggio Emilia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I have been in Larnach Castle 2 times in 3 years, and this is really not usual since i am from Italy and as you can imagine the trip is very expensive and long! Of course this wasn't the only destination i went during my holiday tour in New Zealand, but one of the best places you can find in... More 

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Parkville, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful garden and astonishing architecture. Collection of antique guns and furniture. A great description of the castle. Bit expensive though. A great view from the top of the building.Set aside half a day to leisurely walk around the place.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

there is plenty to see in a Garden Visit at Larnach Castle. Not only are the plants intriguing, but the views on the harbour are worth the walk. A Must Do place in Dunedin.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We sent for a walk around the gardens & enjoyed all the snowdrops, foliage & views, then had a yummy lunch in the cafe (dining inside or out ). The flowers & plant's keep changing all year.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Truly eccentric landmark in Dunedin . Huge credit to current owners who are lovingly restoring this historic property - beautiful gardens but the interior is most interesting and a record of earler times

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear newmarket18, We would like to thank you for the great review you have left regarding your visit with us at Larnach Castle. We are thrilled to hear that a visit to Larnach Castle cannot be missed during any stop in Dunedin. Appreciation of the restoration effort that has been put into Larnach Castle is imperative for our continual presence... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Could be in one of those TV programs that cover a historic castle each week because not only is it very interesting about people and events it is also well cared for keeping its stately manner. A great setting. The Otago Peninsula has a lot else going for it too. A 'must go' or miss out.

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear John, We would like to thank you for leaving a fantastic review regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. We are thrilled to hear you were able to enjoy your visit with us, and that you think Larnach Castle holds a lot of star potential! Over time Larnach Castle has received a lot of regular media attention,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This "castle" is much smaller than you might expect and the grounds may be beautiful the rest of the year, but in winter it was snow-covered and we didn't see much. It's on the way to the end of the Peninsula, so plan on stopping here for a bit and then heading off to see the beautiful peninsula. The museum... More 

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Julie, We would like to thank you for leaving your thoughts regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle. We are thrilled to hear that you were able to appreciate the intriguing history behind the historic home, and the subsequent restoration work carried out by the Barker Family. However, we are disappointed to hear your visit was impeded on by... More 

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