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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 476 1616
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Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant...

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 Larnach "Castle" is a mansion built by the building's namesake. It has been restored over the years. The tower has stunning views of the bay. The gardens are well kept and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Vienna, Virginia
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Larnach "Castle" is a mansion built by the building's namesake. It has been restored over the years. The tower has stunning views of the bay. The gardens are well kept and quite diverse. If makes for an interesting afternoon. Dinning and lodging are available.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect views. Perfect staff. Perfect food. Perfect everything. I have no fault with anything. My wedding went off with not one hitch. Michelle Simpson you are a gem and an absolute asset to the castle. The rooms in the lodge are beautiful and the staff so accommodating.

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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I got cheaper tickets of Bookme for half the price then that of what you pay for at the castle, this is a recommended must do in dunedin, If I was to go again i don't think I would pay to enter the castle just the gardens it was not as great as I was expecting with some rooms off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I recently visited Larnach castle with my 2 sons 17 and 22, and the views from the beautiful gardens are amazing, and it was well worth the visit. As a travel agent I will recommend this to all my clients

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Sheffield, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did not choose to tour the inside of the mansion, but the gardens, even on a very windy day (and one suspects there are many) are glorious. The tea rooms, in the old stables, are very stylish, and the Devonshire Tea superb. Easy walking, most of the site is fairly flat, so good for all the family.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited just the gardens and café in the afternoon. The staff were helpful when I asked if I could park my camper near the castle because she has a "blue badge". The café is good and has a gluten free selection of cakes. However, we found the gardens to be a little disappointing and like a... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Superb garden, extremely well maintained with a wide collection of plants. A knowledge of Alice in Wonderland is helpful to understand the garden sculptures. Mid morning visit so only had a pot of tea - Lovely.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Larnach castle is a must go If you are in Dunedin.The Road to THE castle is already spectactular.The graden is Well maintained and THE views were fabulous.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went there after spending half a day on the peninsular. Was quite underwhelmed as the fees to the grounds were quite pricey and there was no outdoor guided tour. NZD15 to access the garden; NZD30 to access the garden and a tour of the castle interior. The garden has plants and flowers, a visit to the Botanic and Chinese gardens... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love old castles and fortresses because I think deep down they're a reminder in humility and futility. No matter how much money you make and no matter how big a monument you build for yourself and your legacy, you are mortal and you will be gone one day (Memento Mori). This is one theme that all these places have... More 

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