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“Outstanding NZ castle and gardens”

Larnach Castle & Gardens
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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
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We spent 2 hours here and would of happily spent some more time- the high tea looked excellent but you have to pre-book and we didn't.
The gardens are lovely and varied. The history of the castle is very well documented and the accompanying pamplets are excellent.
This is well worth a visit and well worth the $28 entry fee.

Thank KMBH01
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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Hi KMBH01. Thanks for taking the time to review Larnach Castle and Gardens. Our Garden of International Significance is really taking shape at the moment thanks to some stunning spring weather. I'm glad you were able to explore the grounds and learn a bit more about the castle from our pamphlets and hope you get to spend more than a couple of hours next time, and get to have 'high-tea' in the cafe. Thanks, Michael

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Old and interesting. Lots of rooms of old world time. Some funny things to look at too. Best to visit on a sunny day. A bit miserable on a crap day...but that's not their fault. Extremely narrow winding concrete staircase up to the top. Be mindful of this...If you go up there you have to come down again!!!!!! Just remember that!!!!! I feel the views on a good day would be breath taking ...However we were there on a not so good day to say the least. So we didn't stand outside too long. Just Old & Interesting, Do it if you have a good day & don't mind the price.

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Michael S, Public Relations Manager at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Hi ShazWat. Thanks for taking the time to write a review about your time at Larnach Castle. Its a shame that we couldn't turn the weather on for you, but hopefully you enjoyed the experience inside the castle and the ballroom cafe. The price at the gate reflects the cost of restoring the Castle and ensuring it is well-kept and tidy and the proceeds are reinvested back in the castle. Hope to see you back soon, Michael

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Spent a lovely morning enjoying the spectacular grounds, and then touring the Castle, the ornateness of the interior was lovely, the view from the turret was spectacular, certainly worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

It was facinating to browse this wonderful house. The presentation of it's history is fantastic and whilst I wasn't overly enthusiastic about going, I enjoyed it emensely. Coffee in the ballroom cafe was wonderful too in front of the fire on a cool day.

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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.

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