We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Larnach Castle & Gardens

145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-476 1616
Website
Share
Save
ADMISSION TICKETS (1)
Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
from $21.05*
ADMISSION TICKETS (1)
Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
from $21.05*
BOOK A TOUR
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“larnach castle” (321 reviews)
“high tea” (71 reviews)
“barker family” (52 reviews)
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION
145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
CONTACT
Website
+64 3-476 1616
Ways to Experience Larnach Castle & Gardens
from $21.10
More Info
from $47.50
More Info
from $30.60
More Info
from $98.50
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (2,313)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"larnach castle"
in 321 reviews
"high tea"
in 71 reviews
"barker family"
in 52 reviews
"devonshire tea"
in 28 reviews
"ball room"
in 27 reviews
"alice in wonderland"
in 26 reviews
"current owners"
in 26 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 53 reviews
"former glory"
in 28 reviews
"scones"
in 55 reviews
"new zealand"
in 164 reviews
"stately home"
in 38 reviews
"interesting history"
in 55 reviews
"gardens are lovely"
in 27 reviews
"family history"
in 42 reviews
"otago peninsula"
in 120 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 82 reviews
Filter

1,901 - 1,910 of 2,188 reviews

Reviewed January 26, 2013

Always a great experience visiting Lanarch Castle. The only disappointing things was that in the past you didn't have to pay, and at $28/adult (because you aren't going there without going into the castle?!) it's fairly steep. The gardens are beautiful, but the castle is...More

1  Thank AdamMostogl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Well worth the visit. Beautiful grounds and setting for the castle. We only paid to view grounds as too expensive to pay for 4 people to view castle. Still, well worth the drive from Dunedin.

Thank Pat F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The castle has been lovingly restored, and was definitely worth the extra cost of entry to the tourist attraction. Great idea to have a quiz for the kids to do as they wander around. The gardens are pictueresque - nice to wander around after a...More

Thank G4_Whanau
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Absolutely loved the Castle. We did the guided tour and our guide couldn't of been more suited to the role if her tried. The controversial history was fascinating, even the kids were engaged.

Thank Tracy S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 22, 2013

It was authentic and the story behind it is really interesting. They have a beautiful gift shop with some really neat gifts. The gardens and architecture are just as gorgeous as the views from the bottom gardens. They also have a castle stay for overnight...More

Thank Krista_B8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Larnach, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Dear Krista_B8, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Castle and Gardens. We hope you can return one day and experience a stay in one of our accommodation options. Thanks, Natalie Bisset Marketing Support

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Well worth the visit, easy to get to and there is plenty to see, lots of photo opportunities, they have beautiful gardens you can leisurely walk round, there are good facilities and a large cafe`.

Thank Malcolm R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We had planned to go to the Castle and have afternoon tea there. When we arrrived we found that you had to pay to get into the gardens as well as the castle, which we felt was a bit much particularly as we had come...More

1  Thank leonie c
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Larnach, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Dear leonie c, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Larnach Castle is a privately funded conservation project and therefore our entry fees to see the Gardens and the Castle are both necessary to fund the ongoing maintenance and restoration required on the...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

This castle was in good conditions. Great views of the Peninsula from the castle are impressive. I would recommend booking a guide. They have tour maps, which are fine, but the house would come more to life with a guide of course We had reservations...More

Thank Raymond & Valer... P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 19, 2013

I visited Larnach castle as part of a Princess cruises excursion. We were given a guided tour of the ground floor rooms with an interesting family history included. There was ample time to look over the remaining floors and the Cafe in the restored stables....More

Thank warwickstravels
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Tremendous amount of work has been done restoring and improving the gardens - wonderful asset for the city of Dunedin. Felt it was a little expensive if you only wanted to enjoy the cafe.

Thank Alan J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 60 hotels in Dunedin
Larnach Castle Lodge
687 reviews
.06 miles away
Camp Estate at Larnach Castle
167 reviews
.44 miles away
Otago Peninsula Motel
138 reviews
1.87 miles away
Portobello Motel Cottages
501 reviews
1.95 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
1908 Cafe Restaurant
480 reviews
1.95 miles away
Glenfalloch Restaurants
145 reviews
2.17 miles away
The Portsider
81 reviews
3.17 miles away
The Galley Cafe and Bar
39 reviews
3.17 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Happy Hens
48 reviews
1.84 miles away
Port Chalmers' Seafaring Museum
23 reviews
2.98 miles away
Iona Church
18 reviews
3.24 miles away
Exploring New Zealand
9 reviews
2.99 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
sunshine16037
October 7, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
1
Vote
Michelle R
July 11, 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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
4
Votes
rmsydney
October 12, 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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
2
Votes