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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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Wonderful visit to a gorgeous historic house and gardens

The house is beautiful and the history is fascinating. Take a whole day to slowly explore the castle and then stroll around the gardens. On a nice day the view from the top of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Mackenzie R
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Dunedin, New Zealand

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Lincoln, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

the very first place we went to after 5 hours drive from Lincoln to Dunedin, and it was all worth it. The gentleman at the gate and the old lady at the front door were very lovely. We had free audio visual but shame we didn't use it, we felt awful refusing it as we would love to watch but,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Walk back in time to an age where castles and the Victorian era were king. Very easy to imagine living here..... Great restoration of this castle still in the family. They have done a great job over many years of improving and restoring this wonderful castle. Having been here a few times over the years I have seen the improvements... More 

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear LeAnneC2, We would like to thank you for your wonderful review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens. We love to hear when our guests appreciate and enjoy the history behind such an iconic New Zealand landmark. It is fantastic to hear the appreciation of the restoration work put in by the Barker Family for over four... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The house is beautiful and the history is fascinating. Take a whole day to slowly explore the castle and then stroll around the gardens. On a nice day the view from the top of the castle is unbeatable.

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Dear Mackenzie, Thank you for your wonderful review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle. We love to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful craftsmanship of the building, and the scandalous history behind the iconic New Zealand landmark. Its always great to hear that our guests get the best views in Dunedin - they are something that cannot be missed.... More 

Sudan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

For Europeans, used to big Castles all over their country, this is maybe nothing but this is as Castle as you get in NZ. A real tribute to master craftsmanship and quality work and products. Sad family story but definitely a must see in Dunedin. The staff who give you tours are just lovely. The gardens and views from the... More 

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear farHanna, Thank you for your fantastic review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens. We love to hear our guests appreciate the craftsmanship and work that went into creating this iconic New Zealand landmark. The history is as every bit as interesting as the building itself. It is great to hear that you received our usual high... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have been here a few times since I was a child and the grounds are beautiful but you have to pay extra to go into the castle. Worth having a look around considering it is New Zealand's only castle

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Dear kiwichick_ash, Thank you for your great review of Larnach Castle. We love to hear you enjoyed the iconic landmark and the beautiful grounds atop the Otago Peninsula. If you didn't know, we do offer a host-card allowing you to gain free entry when you bring a paying guest, so please enquire on your next trip to Larnach Castle. As... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

fabulous old house - upper floor needs work, scarily shakey with a number of persons on the upper floor!

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Kim Cull, Thank you for your great review of your experience at Larnach Castle. We love to hear that you enjoyed the historic home and the stories behind it, it is is a fantastic piece of New Zealand history. I can assure you that the building has solid reinforcements that have been put in over the years of restoration!... More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great for photos as there are some fantastic views, beautiful gardens, plants, hedges, structures. Nice old dining room that is definitely worthy of a visit too for a Devonshire tea.

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Heather D, Thank you for your fantastic review of your visit to Larnach Castle. We love to hear you appreciated our iconic location, and the Castle itself. The breathtaking views are well worth the visit, and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and hospitality. As it is an ongoing conservation project - we thank you for... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

You have to paid just to enter the grounds, and its not cheap. Did know this before arriving. Even more expensive if you want to go into the castle. And to find out that the "Castle" is not even a castle, its some rich persons mansion made to look like a castle. I could of just gone to the botanic... More 

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Dear skycafe2015, Thank you for leaving a review of your visit to Larnach Castle. We are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy your visit. It is because of the small entry fee that Larnach Castle stands today, being bought and sold throughout the 20th century, and facing certain ruin. This transformation into an iconic tourist destinations means that a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Very interesting castle to walk around, can be like a time capsule in how the wealthy lived a century ago. Clearly not as big as castles around the world so don't expect anything like in Europe. The gardens around the castle are very impressive and very much worth the walk around. One of the top attractions to see in Dunedin.

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MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Jason, Thank you for your great review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle. We love to hear that our guests appreciate all the work that has gone into the preservation of this fantastic piece of New Zealand history. Its great to note the enjoyment people receive from the gardens at Larnach Castle. Your comments are truly valued. As... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The way they have restored these buildings is great and adding the furniture to it, makes it so much better. I went there years ago when they first took it over and then back years later, what a great change and the history is very interesting.

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LarnachCastle_PR, marketing support at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear fayev104, Thank you for your fantastic review of your returning trip to Larnach Castle. Its great to hear you appreciate the work of the Barker Family that went into the massive transformation, resulting in the iconic destination it is today. As it is an ongoing conservation project - we thank you for the contribution you made on your visit!... More 

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Address: Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 476 1616
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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