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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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It's not a castle as such like us Brits are used to but nonetheless it's New Zealand's castle and it is very pleasant. You have a choice of two car parks, one close to the castle... read more

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's not a castle as such like us Brits are used to but nonetheless it's New Zealand's castle and it is very pleasant. You have a choice of two car parks, one close to the castle and one which requires you to walk through some gardens. We close to walk through the gardens which a short walk but pleasant. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a High Tea as a special treat. The weather didn't allow any views of the wider scenery but made the garden look special in the mist blowing up the hill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a half an hour drive from Dunedin to reach this venue. Castle is stunning and very well preserved as well are its gardens. Staff and guides are extremely pleasant and friendly. There is a lot to hear about its history and getting insight of its past. The shop within the castle is very well stocked and prices are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were so lucky to get almost a private tour ( 5 of us) on a cold spring day! Our group was early & small and the guide at the castle went over board on making sure we say as much as she could! Just a beautiful castle/ home !

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What an amazing place to visit, for a castle it looks small compared to what you see in other parts of the world, but it makes up for it's size in Wow factor. Stunning ceilings, some of them carved wood, beautiful staircases, well displayed period items, the list goes on. The castle has been lovingly restored by the Barker Family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had an important birthday in family and wanted a memorable event. We booked and found ourselves shown into the period ballroom within the Castle . Furnished in elegant period style as too was the table we were seated at. Beautifully set with colourful fine bone china. The tea choice was impressive and the individual pots were suitable size for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had our young children with us which I don't recommend as we spent a lot of time making sure they didn't touch any of the lovely things in this castle. It's beautiful and you get to go right through it and check out all the room, which are all restored and filled with furniture and art. The gardens are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we have visited New Zealand on several occasions this was our first visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. It was a wonderful experience and a credit to all involved in the restoration over the years. The audio commentary was incitefull and made the experience all the more enjoyable. We would love to stay in the guest rooms and enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have time for a visit it is well worth the drive to see the Castle its just amazing and the views are just wonderful. I have been quite a few times and just love it. They do have great Motels there if you want to stay a night or more.

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

Hi Ferg3 Thank you for your review, we love to hear about returning customers. We actually now have three types of accommodation, Larnach Lodge which is situated in the garden of Larnach Castle, that's a Qualmarked four star property, Castle Stable stay, the rooms in the historic Coach House this is our affordable option and there is Camp Estate our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic. Well worth the drive & the entry fee. A cabinetmakers & furnituremakers dream visit. Enjoyed all that we saw today. Took many (no flash) photos. A must is go up to the very top for fantastic photos of yourselves with stunning scenery background. Be sure to walk the grounds for yet more photos. Don't leave town before visiting... More 

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