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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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Great cafe!

Plan to eat here when you visit! The food in the cafe was yummy! Great atmosphere in the old ballroom, too. The castle and the gardens were lovely. It was perhaps a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Entrance fee is a bit on the higher side. First experience (2013) - Visited with a group event so we get to tour the place for free. The castle is average but the garden is beautiful with great view. I don't think the place should be called a castle. More of a big mansion. Wasn't impressed but overall ok. 2nd... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The castle is beautiful isolated and very romantic combine that with the history, worth the visit. The garden are fantastic and would recommend the climb to the top of the castle tower. One negative point I rang the castle about 2 week before to book a high tea told by the young lady on the phone not available to visitors... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

You have to pay to go into the garden then another fee for the castle. I'd probably do another day tour instead.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

$70 for family - out of our budget. Would have liked to see it but over the top for a couple of hours visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Plan to eat here when you visit! The food in the cafe was yummy! Great atmosphere in the old ballroom, too. The castle and the gardens were lovely. It was perhaps a little expensive but the money is going towards the castle's continued renovation. I liked the way we could wander freely through the rooms; unusual in some old houses.

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HKG and San Francisco, Calif.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Holy Cow, I don't know what was most compelling about Larnach Castle -- the history, the structure itself, the views, the gardens, or the story of how the present owners came into its possession and brought it back to its former glory. I spent hours here, and the self-guided audio tour was very well done. The decor, the mottoes and... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The place is nice. The castle itself is smaller than you expect. The gardens and views are awsome. But the entrance fees are too expensive. The coffee house is a nice place to drink inside (you don't have to purchase castle ticket to get into the cafe. a garden's ticket is enogh).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Quite expensive to get ($29pp) to see the gardens and 'castle'. I don't know if this would qualify as a castle elsewhere, I think I would be classed more as a stately home. The gardens were well groomed and made fun by the 'Alice in wonderland' characters, but not all that big. The 'castle' had some history too it and... More 

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Eye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

What a lovely old building and so easy to explore it and imagine what life must have been like living there in bygone days. The castle itself is very interesting with lovely rooms, beautifully furnished and with glorious views from most of the rooms. The gardens are beautifully laid out and are well maintained and a wander around the grounds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

outside of town,good food,interesting setting, great staff,good views, a lot of history, would go again,

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