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Larnach Castle & Gardens

145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-476 1616
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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
+64 3-476 1616
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Reviewed October 15, 2016

We spent much longer than we thought we would. It was well worth the cost, especially knowing all proceeds help maintain the castle and grounds. Really good mix of history and present day. The cafe was well priced and nice food and coffee too. Thoroughly...More

Thank JohnWilliams201
Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Last visited 40years ago. Was delighted to see the restoration inside and outside the castle and the development of the gardens. We liked the educational aspect for those unfamiliar with NZ native plants. The views from the turret terrace were stunning and worth the climb....More

Thank Di W
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

My visit was actually earlier than this (Easter 2015). This place is an awesome Dunedin treasure! I loved looking around this place again. I love to hear about the family history and see the castle and each of its room it's a real feeling of...More

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Reviewed October 12, 2016

We have lived in Dunedin all our lives but have only visited the castle once, so thought it was about time we did it again. I had got some tickets on grab one which was great value I think if you come from Dunedin you...More

Thank lynn e
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

I put that we visited this in Oct 2016 but only because there wasn't a "can't quite remember" option - but it wasn't too long ago to review! Larnoch Castle is a must see in Dunedin...such a fabulous example of Dunedin history. Huge castle and...More

Thank MareeCH
Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Was intestine but a little over priced to walk around a small place lovely interior And the grounds were lovely A nice place to visit if castles are ur thing

Thank jamiekenny64
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Wow! Wow! Wow! Windy drive up to the Lanarch Castle has stunning views of Dunedin and the peninsula. We were staying at the Lodge accommodation and loved every minute of it. The gardens are stunning and extremely well maintained. The castle is awesome. We chose...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed. The gardens and views are to die for, rooms are clean and very well serviced with very friendly and helpful staff. We had a good breakfast with great service but the dinner was out...More

Thank Graham F
Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We visited here on a very misty cold windy afternoon and enjoyed our time here. We had Devonshire tea in the ballroom with warm scones which was delicious. The tour of the gardens was great, you could take as much time as you wanted. Inside...More

Thank meggsk
Reviewed October 4, 2016

We came on a low cloud day. We didn't have the picturesque vista that you see on the brochures but we had a fabulous visit here. We purchased an audio visual tour of the castle. It was $5 on top of the entry ticket but...More

Thank Vanessa M
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October 7, 2017|
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
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
October 12, 2016|
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Response from Cheryl Burton | Reviewed this property |
Taxi would be the best bet