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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
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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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Surprisingly large and well presented

We initially thought that the castle was quite small but then we found room after room and we realised just how extensive it was. It was great that almost every part of the castle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tristan Q
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We initially thought that the castle was quite small but then we found room after room and we realised just how extensive it was. It was great that almost every part of the castle was opened up to the public, especially the watch tower up top which afforded incredible views of the ocean and surrounds. There is so much rich... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Larnach castle was recommended to us as a must see and it didn't disappoint. Lovely to see how people lived in the early years.

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Thank xenadarwin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful views, superb food, awesome room and superior hospitality. First time visit to Larnach Castle certainly didn't disappoint. If staying take the opportunity to dine in the Castle. Wonderful way to meet differing cultures. Thoroughly enjoyable stay.

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Thank Lynn K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love visiting Larnach Castle. Such an incredible job carried out by one family. so many people to run the place and the gardens are immaculate. A true asset tot he city and well worth the price of a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Weather you love gardens or not, you will enjoy the walk through the gardens, no matter what season. Well looked after gardens.

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Thank Patricia E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit to the Castle. Not cheap though, $60 for the two of us to visit. Beautifully maintained and we loved reading about the history of it.

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Thank Muzzie2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the castle while staying in the adjoining lodge. My wife and I had individual i-pods to guide us round, so we were able to go at our own pace. The castle's history was very interesting and the guide was thorough and informative. There was also a lovely cafe based in the Ballroom which, being Winter, was beautifully heated... More 

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Thank Peter S
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great piece of NZ history. Not the European castle although. Visit gardens and do inside tour and read into the history and the making of the castle. Location chosen is prized.

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Thank Stanley S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle is a must see when you visit Dunedin. Fabulous restoration and amazing history. Loved the beautiful gardens which compliment the amazing work done on this tourist attraction. The Cafe on site is a great place to relax with a coffee after your tour.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit and so much history here. The gardens are immaculate and worth a long stroll. Food in the cafe is decent and not to badly priced for such an attraction. Be sure to go on a sunny day to enjoy the grounds

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