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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 March 19, 2016

This was the first time we had visited this attraction. Certainly a unique building in New Zealand. We found the building and its contents interesting.

Thank dave_morley40
Reviewed March 18, 2016

Beautiful gardens and an interesting piece of architecture. Nice to have lunch in the dining hall and spend a couple hours exploring the grounds and castle. Amazing to learn that up until recently the family actually still lived in the castle. There's an option to...More

Thank tjdalton007
Reviewed March 18, 2016

We arrived thinking $30 per head was expensive but left thinking it was cheap. We have been here about 18 years ago and can see the transformation. The Castle is really fantastic. You can see a video of the family who bought it in 1967...More

Thank jetaway08
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Larnach Castle Is New Zealand's only castle. Coming from Scotland I was a little sceptical about it at first but in fact the history of the origins of the castle was fascinating. The furnishings inside are amazing, the finest quality, no expense spared back in...More

Thank itchyfeet996
Reviewed March 15, 2016

We spent our first night in Dunedin at Larnach Castle and I highly recommend splurging if you find yourself in the area. The room rate covers a night of accommodation, full breakfast for two, and free reign to explore the castle and its surrounds. You...More

Thank ntawali
MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2016

Dear Ntawali, We would like to thank you for an outstanding review left regarding your recent stay with us at Larnach Castle & Gardens. It is fantastic that you felt you had a 5-star experience. Views from our vantage point on the Otago Peninsula make...More

Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

We walked the gardens and toured the castle, then booked dinner reservations. Dinner was delightful. The food was very good but the highlight was spending two plus hours with total strangers at a small ten place table in an intimate dining room. Strangers became friends...More

Thank bonniemreeves
Reviewed March 15, 2016

This place was part of the Otago Peninsula tour we took. We just went to the gardens, which are beautiful. There is a very nice cafe for lunch, too.

Thank CWanlin
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Historic location in Dunedin. Views are dramatic. Accommodation is available - units are themed and many are quite different. Gardens are extensive, and a tour of the castle is worth the time spent. Dinner was also very good, but they struggle a bit with large...More

Thank Ken078
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Really interesting learning the history of the castle and its inhabitants. The gardens were well maintained and there are spectacular views of the otago penninsula. You can climb the turret to the roof as well.

Thank 2Gimmix
Reviewed March 15, 2016

I loved this place. The building and gardens are beautifully kept. The cafe has a wonderful selection of food and drink. I spent a lovely couple of hours here I would thoroughly recommend this as a place to visit in Dunedin.

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Michelle R
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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