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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 38 Attractions in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

Lovely location, visited it on the way to the Albatross Centre. Certainly a interesting story about the family.

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South Australia
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40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

The gardens were quite attractive, the restaurant with open fires a good place on a wintery day. Overall we enjoyed the house, its history and its contents - a good insight into local colonial history

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3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The Castle was good to explore but as for the cafe my partner got food poisoning from eating the fish there yesterday. Was up all night spewing. Not a good experience at all.

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Wellington, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The owners have taken a lot of effort to restore this castle and keep up the gardens which is the only thing commendable. The castle looks nice from the outside but isn't much of a big deal from the inside. I have seen a lot of homes from the 1920's in my neighbourhood (including mine) that have similar interiors as... More

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Palm Springs, California
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The road to the castle is pretty hairy but once you arrive, you are introduced to lovely gardens and spectacular views of the city and ocean below.

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Barrack Heights
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Do yourself a great turn and visit this wonderful castle, the history behind it and the views are to die for, well worth the trip

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New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Larnach Castle, which had been a long time wish of mine. The castle has been well set up to cope with the tourism traffic and I do hope they get the support they need to preserve the Castle and grounds for the next generation. Do not go expecting a European style castle - New Zealand quite... More

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Portland, OR
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We visited on a cool, mostly clear day and the entire property was great. The grounds were full of singing birds and beautifully maintained trees and flowers. The woodwork and decorations in the interior of the home were gorgeous, and the views from the top of the tower (looking towards Dunedin and also onto the Otago Harbour) were phenomenal. It... More

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Newcastle Australia
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11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Totally enjoyed Larnach Castle and gardens. The gardens are so well kept it is a credit to the owners who have almost completely rebuilt the castle. The gardens were great however the castle was amazing I felt like I went back in time 100 years. Beautiful place highly recommend it.

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Gold Coast
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Well set out and easy to get around. Informative displays and helpful staff. Worth doing both the castle and gardens. Don't miss the climb to the roof, great views of the grounds and Coast from up there. Lunch in the cafe was surprisingly affordable and good quality.

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