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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
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Enjoyed walking through the gardens, had morning tea in the 'Ballroom' cafe. The story behind the renovation of the castle is a must watch. Our visit was a little short as we were heading off to see the Albatross, would have liked to have spent...More

Thank Dezigner07
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A very interesting story about Larnach and a great job restoring and maintaining a unique piece of NZ history.

Thank richmich256
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on a very windy day. Great attraction and insight into how our people lived in that era. Well worth a visit. Nice cafe and gardens.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Definitely worth a visit. Give yourself plenty of time to look around and absorb the history. It’s a credit to the current owners to have saved this Castle and made it available to all to appreciate.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had the Audio Tour around the castle and learnt a lot! Very interesting. Castle is great condition. The whole area is amazing. Had lunch/Devonshire tea at the cafe which was delicious. Great day out, Definitely recommend

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The price for entry to the Castle (and grounds) should be $20, not $31. It's irrelevant to me that it costs so much to maintain the gardens. Australia Hunter Valley Gardens charges less & you get more. Typical example of everything in NZ being extremely...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a stunning location and gorgeous piece of history that has been lovenly restored. The gardens are lovely to walk around and I loved the Alice in wonderland theme. A must do and do climb the turret to the roof and the view is amazing

Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the gardens and enjoyed exploring them. We enjoyed the castle history. So much work and effort to restore such a beautiful place.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about six hours Larnach Castle and Gardens. First we toured the gardens and hiked all over. The gardens are well maintained and the guide / brochure was very helpful. We then toured the castle / home. We purchased the audio guides which was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the pleasure to bring a group of American travelers to the Castle this month. They were absolutely blown away with both the experience and the standard of service we received. Guide Robert was a star...he held us riveted with stories and his extensive...More

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sunshine16037
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
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Michelle R
July 12, 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
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rmsydney
October 13, 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
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