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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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Fun part of day trip to the peninsula

Spent a couple hours enjoying the views and gardens. Decided not to pay for the tour, as there were quite a few people and we prefer to stay away from large groups. Worth a stop... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Spent a couple hours enjoying the views and gardens. Decided not to pay for the tour, as there were quite a few people and we prefer to stay away from large groups. Worth a stop while touring the otago peninsula

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Larnach Castle is a great attraction in its own right, with the castle and the gardens long being a showcase for locals and tourists alike. We visited recently for a neice's wedding which involved over 150 family and friends. The ceremony was outdoors, and then the reception was in the long hall on the lower floor. Catering was excellent, and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We only went around the gardens as we arrived in the afternoon and found the castle was quite expensive for the few hours we had. The gardens are spotless, really well looked after and there are some really nice birds to keep your eyes/ears open for. There's also an amazing view of the peninsula and the waters around it from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A unique building with an interesting family history. Lovely displays, very well set out with beautifully manicured gardens and a fantastic view of the Peninsula from the tower. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The gardens were magnificent. Tour of castle well worthwhile. Fabulous food in cafe with roaring fires, so good on the cool day we were there.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Never stay at this place, we paid but left and had to pay again in Dunedin. What a dump, they put us in an old horse stable

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was an optional extra on our tour. I'm delighted we chose it. Our driver / guide, Bruce, picked us up a he hotel and stayed with us throughout most of the tour allowing us some "free" time to explore on our own. We the story of the castle and the Larnach family intriguing - Bruce's delivery skill added much.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Everything was meticulously maintained including the vast gardens . The castle was everything you would expect , beautiful . Cafe had delicious snacks & light meals . One of the highlights of our trip to NZ for me . Only complaint is that there has been no attempt made to make the Castle more accessible , I realise this would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting to read/hear about the history of the castle. Great views from the top of the tower. An interesting family day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Some parts are very well restored and are very interesting. Quite expensive entry fee but the afternoon tea was fantastic and the staff were very professional and friendly

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