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“Worth a look” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Larnach Castle & Gardens

Larnach Castle & Gardens
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$104.26*
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Full-Day Larnach Castle Tour
Ranked #8 of 104 things to do in Dunedin
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Owner description: 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
Spokane, Washington
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

The castle is beautiful and offers views of the bay below. It's the perfect spot for a picnic and also has a small cafe where one can grab an espresso or scone.

Visited September 2013
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“Dunedin's Early History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was a must for us when visiting Dunedin. New Zealand's only castle, steeped in history. The Larnach family story is steeped in tragedy. One can only imagine what it must have been like to live there when it was in its heyday. The Georgian Hanging staircase is magnificent.

Visited October 2013
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“Great Local History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

What struck me most about Larnach Castle was not it's ornate Victoria splendor or its presumptuous garden and grounds, but the fact that years after the estate had been run to ground, someone saw the local historical significance of the place and spent years and much elbow grease in its restoration. The views from the castle parapets are impressive as are the garden's rhodos and succulents. An attraction worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Hi Pat. Thanks for taking the time to review Larnach Castle. The Castle staff alongside the Barker family have done an amazing job restoring the castle to its former glory. The garden is coming in to its prime at the moment, just in time for the busy Summer season and the views from the top of the tower are just as spectacular as ever. Hope to see you back soon, Michael.
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“Castle in the Air”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Larnach is a wonderful experience. It is the result of the imagination of its original owner and the determination to restore it to its former glory on the part of the current owners. You can't help but enjoy the house and its wonderful gardens which are a credit to the family who now own it.

Visited October 2013
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“Larnach Castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I have visited many times over a number of years. What superb improvements "The Family" have made. The garden is now wonderful and a day visit alone. The Castle has improved so much and a joy to visit.
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Visited February 2013
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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Hi Denise. Thank you for taking the time to review us. As you know, Larnach Castle and gardens have been restored lovingly by the Barker family and is the result of decades of hard work and planning. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time here, and hopefully you'll visit again in the future. Thanks, Michael
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