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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Wow well worth a visit. We had a lovely guide who told us all about the history & family's who have lived in & owned this property. The architecture is amazing & the gardens are... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow well worth a visit. We had a lovely guide who told us all about the history & family's who have lived in & owned this property. The architecture is amazing & the gardens are beautiful. There is a cafe in the main ballroom which is very quaint.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The castle is very nice and well kept, but I enjoyed the garden more. It's quite big and you have spectacular views on the Otago Peninsula. If you go by bus consider you'll have to walk almost 4 km uphill to reach the castle!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Larnach Castle yesterday as part of a large family group. Magnificent. What a unique experience. So much to see and read. A well planned map makes sure you see all the castle that's open to the public. We did have a very busy four year old with us who wanted to move faster than we could read -... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We understand that the private owner needs money to maintain the castle and the garden, but the entrance fees are much too expensive. Well, it is the only castle in New Zealand, better visit the Olveston House and the Botanical Garden much cheaper and more interesting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incredible, Grand. Great history. Extravagant design and architecture. All that beautiful wood and stone carving. The gardens are beautiful too, despite visiting in late autumn. The only issue for me is the price - far too high to wander around an old mansion and pretty gardens!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have time for only one attraction during your trip this is the one to do. The best and only castle in NZ with pretty gardens and great staff

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I thought that Larnach castle was extra interesting anybody could come and see this as a family visit,school visit,work. I had a tour guide called Alex he was really nice and told us storey's about Larnach himself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

it was so cool but i got a bit bork but if you like old things it was a gold and dark that is spos to be hontind

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Taranaki Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Oh what can I say, we went from Dunedin central to get some fish and chips, saw the castle sign and decided to drive on up. It was late -- 5pm, so when we got there the castle was shut , but the gardens still open. It cost $15 per person to look at the gardens and building , but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Highly recommend visiting this place. The grounds are beautiful and the views from the top of the castle are spectacular. Touring the inside of the castle is very interesting as well.

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