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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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Castle was interesting to see, amazing view and nice walk around the grounds. Beautiful rooms inside the castle and amazing details, they've done a great job on the restoration... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Castle was interesting to see, amazing view and nice walk around the grounds. Beautiful rooms inside the castle and amazing details, they've done a great job on the restoration. However, we had lunch here before checking out the castle and I'd recommend eating before you come. I had eggs benedict and the eggs were overcooked and the meal was average... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited during July. Awesome drive round the bay of the Otago Penisula? No guard rails on the left side of the narrow winding road ..Nervewracking But stunning peninsula views. Close to typical aspects of a Scottish landscape peninsula... Arrived at the castle - we were then "announced" (loved that bit!). As we were staying there, i thought for some reason,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This property is a credit to the owners' work of restoration. I especially enjoyed the gardens, even in mid winter and will go back in the other seasons; great variety of garden spaces-natives under-planted with bulbs, rhododendrons, heather, wisteria. A spacious garden to wander through and then take tea in the 'ball room' with 3 cosy fires going. Two entry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a place to see if you are visiting Dunedin. Very impressive house with beautiful craftsmanship and intriguing history. The house is situated on the hill with extensive views of Otago Peninsula. The gardens are fantastic and there is a cafe inside the ballroom. The castle is about 30 minutes away from the city and I suggest taking a guided... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sought of stumbled upon this, and were intrigued by the history of the building, the restoration, this has been a families passion for two generations. Great place to visit and learn a bit of local history, allow 4hrs.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been a long time since I have visited this historic place. Went for a tour through the castle and garden walks & it is mind boggling to see how previous generations lived in style compared with the modern way of life. Absolutely worth taking your time and taking all the scenery in and around the castle. Highly recommended... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a long drive to get to the gates and discover the entry prices were quite steep. We paid to see the gardens as entry into the castle was extra. The gardens were beautiful but nothing spectacular. Not really worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful castle in beautiful gardens well worth the trip out to see it- the architecture is amazing and the collection of antiques gave our 2 teenage sons some insight into what life was like when it was built. Great cafe and audio visual tour on app.

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Dear Cas C, We would like to extend our thanks for a wonderful review left regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens. We are very pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed the Larnach Castle experience; taking in the beautiful views and marvelling the Castle architecture. As the work at Larnach Castle is an ongoing restoration... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and beautifully restored building. Great views over otago peninsular. Pretty gardens. Kids loved the windy staircase to turret

Thank Kelli H
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have travelled from the top of the South Island down to Dunedin 3 times now in order to attend the Annual Ball at Larnach Castle. We stay the night in the converted stables. We have always enjoyed our time there as well as the tour through Larnach Castle which is steeped in history. We have dinner in the Castle... More 

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