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Larnach Castle & Gardens

145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
64 3 476 1616
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$149*
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
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Ranked #11 of 38 Attractions in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
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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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Larnach Castle & Gardens are 2 different attractions. The magnificent castle was less than 130 years old. Although the furniture & decorations were not original, they still deserved to look at and to talk about. I enjoyed very much its architecture. Being the only castle in New Zealand is a reason good enough for paying a visit. The gardens looked... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

A great story to this place if you love things historic. Lovely manor house with beautiful gardens. I thought the entry fees quite steep for our family of 6, but I imagine it takes a bit to maintain this level of beauty. Unfortunately we had lousy cold rainy weather so exploring the wonderful gardens wasn't an option. Quite a drive... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

...and that's about all that can be said except that the gardens are a true delight! Dissapointingly bare rooms and the 'wedding dress' room is a real horror! Would like to understand the thought processes behind the floating shop mannequin? Wide range of good food on offer in the lovely teashop and teagarden and surprisingly affordable, unlike the exhorbitant entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We stopped by the Castle for lunch and a stroll through the gardens. It had been a rainy morning, but the gardens looked awesome and my wife got some wonderful photographs. The views of the peninsula from here are pretty spectacular. A must see!

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Saskatoon, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

dragged my husband to this on a cold rainy day and we both had a hoot. Gorgeously done and so accessible. The grounds were gorgeous even in the rain and we both wished we had stayed in one of the accomodations available. Made due with an excellent lunch of curried cauliflower soup and delicious scone.

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durham
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This attraction is not what we expected to find in NZ. Although called a castle it is more like an old Victorian manor house. The guided tour gave us the history of the house( a bit tragic) & the views allow you to see why it was built there. The gardens are magnificent & apparently very popular for weddings.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We visited the castle on a raining day and not impressed at all. The castle is a bit overpriced as it has to purchase together with the garden, total NZD28/person. But who will visit the garden on raining day? Don't understand why it can't be charged separately. The castle is just a small building though with history and story. But... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The castle is quite nice but what made the visit was our guide. She told the story of the Larnach's room by room and had the group entranced. Everyone couldn't wait to go to the next room to hear the next part of the story. After the visit we had tea and scones with jam and devonshire cream which were... More 

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Cheshire
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15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We visited the Castle as part of the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. We arrived quite early in the day when it was lovely and quiet and had a well informed tour of the building. The history of the building and its owners was fascinating and I loved the 'Boudoir!' The weather was pretty miserable so the views were not as good... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Lovely experience. It was cool to step back in time and view what the place would of been like in Larnachs day.

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