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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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The castle and gardens were lovely and a credit to the family who own and restoring it. We just used our brochure and self guided through. We ended our trip with devenshire tea... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Castle was interesting and lots of information provided. A few rooms were closed due to maintenance and staff only access. Gardens were beautiful and food/drinks for the cafe were delicious. Felt that $29 was a bit overpriced for a ticket...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic place to visit the family have taken a castle in ruin and returned it to its original splendor there are lots of interesting things to see and do the cafe is great in the ball room Like myself you may even encounter a ghost had an interesting experience as I walked through doorway covered in a... More 

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Dear Kevin, We would like to thank you for leaving a fantastic review regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle in Dunedin. It is fantastic to learn you appreciate the wonderful restoration work carried out by the Barker Family - meaning that Larnach Castle now stands as a time capsule of New Zealand history and something to be enjoyed by... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The castle and gardens were lovely and a credit to the family who own and restoring it. We just used our brochure and self guided through. We ended our trip with devenshire tea. We would recommend a visit. Even the drive there along the coast line was fabulous.

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Dear Jodie, We would like to thank you for leaving a great review regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. It is fantastic to hear that you appreciate the momentous restoration effort of Larnach Castle by the Barker Family - it is a significant contribution to New Zealand's heritage and culture. It is wonderful to learn you were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Living in Wales (UK) surrounded by real castles the building ws not impressive to us but the garden were lovely - I especially liked the trails with information about the various trees etc. An idea that could be copied in many places to make a pleasant walk into a much more interesting one.

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Dear Elisabeth, We are writing to thank you for the great review you have left regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens in Dunedin. We are thrilled to hear you were able to enjoy the beautiful gardens, that have been carefully planned out and brought to life over 4 decades of work by the Barker Family. It is... More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

this was ok, dont know if it was worth the money . you did your own tour - no guide - but in saying that it was still a great place to visit. the scenery on the way to the castle and at the castle was beautiful

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Dear Vicki, We would like to thank you for leaving a great review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. It is fantastic to hear you were able to appreciate the wonderful location with some magnificent reviews of the Otago Peninsula. While you chose to tour the castle on your own, we offer tours by guide which offer... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We came here based on the hype about the castle and because of the Winter Ball. Firstly the hype - all true. Whht a truely magnificant place. Yes the vision of the original family was impressive and OMG what the current owners have achieved is unbelievable. In just under 50 years the family, as a private venture, have taken a... More 

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Dear gmunro, Thank you for taking the time to leave a wonderful review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. It is fantastic to learn you were able to join us for the annual Winter Ball - and by the sounds of it, we lived up to your expectations. Your appreciation of the restoration work put in by... More 

Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Not far from downtown Dundein for visit but only if you drive your own car or have any sort of way to reach this place. Love this place and the view from top of the castle was really amazing.

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

Dear Douglas, We would like to thank you for the fantastic review you have left regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. It is great to learn you were able to appreciate the magnificent location in which Larnach Castle is located, and are pleased to hear the weather permitted you to see the breathtaking views. We hope you... More 

Victoria, Australia
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Larnach castle and gardens are well worth a visit . With the boast of being New Zealand's only castle I am certain it has no shortage of visitors .Built on the beautiful South Island near Dunedin , with the Otago Peninsula as it's back yard , it is absolutely stunning . It has a Unique beauty that can't be found... More 

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Dear David, We would like to thank you for your great review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens. It is fantastic to hear you were able to enjoy the beautiful location of the Castle, we like to think we have some of the best views in the city! Thankfully the weather permitted you to see the breathtaking... More 

Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We took our two teenage boys to Larnach Caslte last week and I must admit that I was a bit nervous as they equate holidays to action activities. We however had a lovely time and they had to admit afterwards that they enjoyed it too! The secret was, we did the guided audio tour. The boys enjoyed learning about the... More 

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

Dear ChillichickTauranga, Thank you for leaving a fantastic review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens! It is wonderful to hear our guests are able to appreciate the intriguing history behind the Larnach Family, and the home that is left with us today. We love to hear you were able to enjoy the AV tour - an experience... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you want a pinch of history and a nice drive, and gardens are your jam this place will satisfy. I was severely underwhelmed. Could think of a better way to spend an hour or three. I grew up in England, this place isn't a castle or a descent historic home based on what i have seen before, but NZ... More 

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Dear Becky, Thank you for leaving a review on your recent visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens in Dunedin. We are pleased to hear you are able to acknowledge the importance of the history behind Larnach Castle. The restoration of Larnach Castle has ensured that a wonderful piece of New Zealand history, a country that is very young, is retained... More 

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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 476 1616
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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