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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
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Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
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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...more
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145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-476 1616
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All reviews larnach castle self guided tour high tea barker family ball room devonshire tea current owners alice in wonderland former glory scones stately home new zealand interesting history gardens are lovely family history otago peninsula worth a visit
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Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

Went to visit gardens but as it was cold decided to have a coffee and snack in the ballroom first The room was lovely and warmed by three open fires, onebofbwhich we sat beside Waitress was pleasant and made good coffees Along with a scone,...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Rotiman1
Reviewed May 24, 2017

we drove to the castle and paid the entry fee only to see a castle half covered in scaffolding and gardens partially closed due to maintenance and regeneration! Feel like it would have been appropriate to have been advised of this before paying the entry...More

Date of experience: May 2017
4  Thank KiwiTraveller2407
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Recently reread a book that I purchased when we visited Larnach Castle - great place to stay and wonderful history. Must have been very different when it was first built and isolated. Great place to tour and the gardens are great in summer. We stayed...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank 197montrose
Reviewed May 22, 2017

My partner and I have visited many so called Castles in Australia and Europe and the UK. We traveled out on a beautiful sunny day to see what the "Larnach Castle" was like. Were we surprised this is a magnificent example of a late 1800s...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Harry E
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Not as impressive as many international castles, but still something to make Dunedin proud. Prices may push people away, but the views onto the countryside are perfect, especailly if you use the tiny closet door to get to the roof of the castle!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Finn L
Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is a worthwhile visit, plenty of history and the owners have brought back most of the original furniture so it is now as it was in the bygone era.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Derek S
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

We had intended visiting and had called by the day prior to our visit in order to query a couple of things. The attitude of the obnoxious man on the gate kiosk put us off and we changed our minds about visiting. He definitely could...More

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank ParadisePictures
Reviewed May 21, 2017

We initially thought $31 for an adult was expensive to visit a castle for an hour but when you go round all the rooms in the castle and hear the stories of the Larnach and Barker families, go up the tower and walk round the...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Sheilambutcher
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful and sad historical castle. Had lunch in their hall, it was only just nice though, mostly preprepared food. The cuppa was good, but a bit on the weak side. Loved the people guiding in the castle. A must is the...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank mistymisty78
Reviewed May 20, 2017

We decided to visit here on the way back from the Royal Albatross Centre. We arrived fairly late but still had time to see the castle rooms and grounds. The castle itself was strangely eerie in some rooms especially "Constance's Boudoir" - very strange room....More

Date of experience: May 2017
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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
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 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