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Larnach Castle & Gardens

145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-476 1616
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Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery
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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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145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you head there expecting a 'Downton Abbey' you are in for a major disappointment. The most fascinating thing about this mansion ( I personally don't think this is a castle but a rich man's house) is how they managed to build such big dwelling...More

Thank Krish A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When we arrived at Larnach Castle we were quite surprised concerning the prices. It's approx.30$ if you actually want to see the castle from the inside and $15 from the outside. We decided to take the less expensive ticket for the gardens so that we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely worth a visit, great stories as you tour the castle. Have a cuppa in the ballroom and explore the stunning gardens!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had seen a lot of castles in Europe, England, Scotland, but this one was a bit different in exterior structure, but I fully enjoyed the gardens. Especially we had bookme.nz price which was half price and totally deserved it. We spent couple of hours...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly disappointed. We opted to do just the garden tour as we had read other reviews that the castle wasn’t very good. The gardens were mostly dead or “under construction”. We tried to get a coffee at the cafe but they had no milk. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a very sunny day on the whole peninsula, however, near Larnach Castle it was really foggy. I got the impression of being in a spooky movie and I loved it. What a difference in weather! The castle is quite interesting, you learn a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a lovely building full of great history. It was fantastic to read all about the development of the home. the attached cafe is great too.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we arrived the wind was howling - you could say we where almost blown away - but found the sanctuary of the warming restaurant - away from the biting wind. Delightful old home - saved by a wonderful community minded family - who then...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Castle close to the heavens. A boy of 9 told his father you should see this dad. The rest of the story is in the lower part of the castle. Just a wee way up a hill. The grounds are truly stunning. The castle breathtaking....More

Thank kwessence
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is described as the only castle in NZ. It is actually a fine Victorian mock castle. I went round on the tour. The rooms have been beautifully restored to their original look. Maybe even more interesting is the fascinating history of the original family...More

Thank Ivor M
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sunshine16037
October 7, 2017|
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Response from larnach2017 | Property representative |
Hi Sunshine1 Thank you for your inquiry, yes our Cafe is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm on Christmas day. Its potentially going to be very busy so we have decided not serve High tea's that day. We will have Christmas themed... More
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Michelle R
July 11, 2017|
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Response from leoniehastings | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the time you have available. You could go round it quickly in an hour or 2 but longer if you want to spend time looking more closely at the views and different rooms and furniture etc in them
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rmsydney
October 12, 2016|
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Response from Graham F | Reviewed this property |
I would say there is no public transport even though I am not positive, it would be about 15 mins drive from port, you would have to taxi or find private transport , well worth the effort as the views on highcliffe road are... More
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