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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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New Zealand's only castle, located on a beautiful peninsula

We stumbled upon this castle on a drive out to the end of the peninsula. It is a very well maintained place. Not too big, not too small...lovely pamphlet to guide you through the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have been here twice, once for a wedding. The grounds are lush and spacious, with beautiful views of the peninsular. At the top of the Castle you can get a 360 perspective. The Castle is well maintained and fully furnished, with lots of information about the history. A fantastic drive up to the Castle and day out.

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Kansas CIty, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon this castle on a drive out to the end of the peninsula. It is a very well maintained place. Not too big, not too small...lovely pamphlet to guide you through the rooms and history. We had lunch in the very nice cafe attached. The chicken fingers and chips were a nice lunch! You don't need a lot... More 

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Don't expect to see great castle as in Europe but here you ll find the beautiful and well maintained garden. Nice looking Castle building. Also the view from the place is stunning.

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Otago Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lovely gardens to walk around and beautiful views out to the otago harbour and beyond before going inside the castle. Absolutely amazing. Beautifully decorated with period furniture and very interesting history.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Small by overseas standards, however it is truly a work of note, with the ornate woodwork, a suspended staircase which is an engineering masterpiece and the overall restoration carried out to bring the castle back to life. An historical account of its owners and progress through the years give a great insight into a great building as part of New... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Immaculate gardens lead to the historic castle, which is surprisingly small but full of interesting original features and furniture, and comes with the fascinating tale of its original family. Pleasant cafe and well stocked gift shop. Lovely views and walks nearby. Very attractive, clean and comfortable accommodation options on site.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

They have done a good job of the restoration but it doesn't work as a self-guided tour. I have done it previously with a bus tour and you learn a lot more with a guide. Cafe only so-so.

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Sisters, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The gardens were OK, nothing like a botanical garden but were nice. Touring the castle isn't like the castles in Europe, so set your expectations accordingly. Since it is NZ's only castle it is amazing to see all the work put into it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The castle itself is amazingly well kept, but I especially enjoyed the view over the peninsula and wandering around the gardens. Such a joy to see the different plants from all over the world. Unfortunately it's not very cheep and hard to reach by public transport. Nonetheless, if you have the slightest interest in historic buildings, the Larnach Castle is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Although small by Castle standards this attraction is worth visiting for the location and to gain an appreciation of the living standards of our forebears. The creature comforts the pioneer family had would by modern standards be primitive but one can appreciate the role the staff played in keeping the family nourished and comfortable. The gardens should be explored both... More 

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