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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 42 Attractions in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Lansing, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Worth a stop on a visit to the peninsula, though the birds are more fun. We spent an hour wandering the grounds after

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Bear, Delaware
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a lovely tour and the house had very interesting architecture. Once you climb the tiny steps all the way to the roof you have a beautiful view of miles of countryside. If you take the time to listen to the family and homes history it will give you a much better appreciation later during the tour. They have... More

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Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

So glad we went here to New Zealands only castle. What a lovely job the family does of keeping the castle so nice for us to enjoy visiting. What lovely furnishings also. We had a nice time walking around the grounds. It would be nice to return in the summer though & see the garden at a different time of... More

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Darwin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Despite being called a castle, it is really a nice stately home. At $28 per adult for the gardens and house, is really a bit over priced. The gardens were nice enough but not massive, with some large lawn areas. Perhaps in summer there might be some more colour. The house is in most well restored and interesting. The rooms... More

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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Wayne Thank you for taking the time to review Larnach Castle and Gardens. Please understand that Larnach Castle is privately owned and does not receive any government funding. The income gained from entry fees is reinvested in to ongoing maintenance of the Castle and Gardens. Recently we have spent this money on earthquake strengthening, repainting the castle, general maintenance... More

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Beautiful accommodation and stunning grounds and scenery - but - a long way out of Dunedin up a winding road that in winter can get icy. The staff are brilliant but if you don't want dinner at $65 per head (no negotiation) then it is a long way down in the dark (and wet) to find food.

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

We found this place on our drive from Dunedin out to the peninsula - I'm glad we did! We didn't have much time, so we just walked around the grounds. Even in winter, on a cold, windy winter day, it was a beautiful walk. And since there were no crowds, a very serene walk, as well.

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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi dcbolden Thanks for your feedback, it's great to hear that you enjoyed yourself despite the wintery weather you experienced. I hope you were able to warm up after your walk around the garden in the Ballroom Cafe in front of one of the open fires! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and that we see you... More

sydney
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We weren't sure if we wanted to visit Larnach Castle or not, but were glad we did. Yes the entry price seemed a bit high, but we felt it was worth it. The house was very interesting, as was learning about the family who lived there. The view from the roof top was lovely, and the garden really beautiful. It... More

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Murrieta, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We went to the castle on the most perfect day, it had been raining for quite some time and finally there was a break in the clouds and a full day of sunshine, which was needed for this trip as it get quite chilly being on the castle grounds. With that said we decided to go inside and have a... More

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Toukley
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Expensive and Boring! $12.50 pp just to drive in and look around the gardens. It is far from a castle more like a fancy house. If you have seen any castles in Europe e.g. Edinburgh Castle or the Place of Versailles then you will be disappointed. I'd give this one a miss!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My wife and I visited the Castle after staying the night at the accommodation offered on the grounds. It was included in our accommodation so we spent a good three hours soaking up the place. The castle is quite unique. When I first rolled up I was quite taken back, I guess I wasn't expecting much but then you're presented... More

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