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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-476 1616
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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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A little bit of Scotland near Dunedin

We were on a tour and loved hearing about the history of Larnach Castle. It was interesting to see how the gentry lived in the old days and we loved the gardens surrounding the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were on a tour and loved hearing about the history of Larnach Castle. It was interesting to see how the gentry lived in the old days and we loved the gardens surrounding the "castle".

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We just viewed the Gardens ... and they were fantastic! It was wonderful to stroll around and enjoy the serenity. Cafe was fabulous, too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The castle and grounds are beautiful, as is the drive to get there. Loved Larnach Castle. After parking, you walk through a rock garden to get to the main grounds. You pass the cafe (originally the ballroom), the fountain, and the beautiful view of the countryside to get to the main door. Ascend the steps, ring the bell, and a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Compared to other castles in Europe you would find this place rather small but to put everything in context, this was truly a castle for that time and place. Everything had to be shipped from Europe including the master carpenters and masons. It had such beautiful and intricate wood work. And to hear the tragic and scandalous story from the... More 

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Larnach, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Evelyn Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I believe its the intricate carvings through out the Castle that make it stand out from its European big brothers. We are very pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. Kind regards Deborah Price Sales & Marketing Manager Larnach Castle More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Being Scotch, it was fun to visit NZ's only castle. Great views of the Otago Penninsula from atop of the castle. the gardens were a highlight of our visit. A wonderful place to visit and wander on a lovely afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive to the Castle from Dunedin is a treat in itself with magnificent ocean views and lush countryside. The Castle is situated high on the rolling hills with an impressive entrance through elegant gardens. Guides provided us with the history of the ownership of the home with many interesting and amusing anecdotes. facilities are there for meals, coffee etc.... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is an interesting little castle. Had a good lunch in the cafe, the lunch plate is the way to go. The gardens were beautiful, had great views of the harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this as an extra add on in my tour and am so glad I did. The Driver/ Guide was a marvelous historian and kept our interest peaked in the following chapters of this tragic family. It made me wonder about their karma as the story kept unfolding. The Castle was fabulous. From the very top of the touret,... More 

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Mildura, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a guided tour of the castle was very interesting our guide was very knowledgable about the history which helped us understand the people involved. amazing building and well worth a visit for the castle alone but the gardens also make the trip worthwhile a must if you are in Dunedin

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is really worth a visit as you can learn a lot about the times gone by, the house itself as well as about the Larnach family. There are three floors to poke about; don't forget the roof viewpoint, even though it is a bit scary to climb up and down the really narrow winding stairs. On a sunny... More 

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Larnach, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Mirja T Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am pleased you made the effort to climb to the top of the tower (lots of people don't). It gives you an understanding of why William Larnach chose this spectacular location to build his Castle. Kind regards Deborah Price Sales & Marketing Manager More 

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