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Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket

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Ages 0-120, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2–4 hours
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  • Written guides
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions


  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 36403P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own caregiver. However, due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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  • Larnach Castle & Gardens
    3,044
    Dunedin, New Zealand
  • matautraveller
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must do, if you are in Dunedin overnight!
    Evening Dining Experience at the Castle -The Chef's choice meal is fantastic value, a great night out including meal, 1 comp drink and stories on the history of the Castle.
    Written 16 April 2024
  • susanmE4698EB
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dining at Lanarch Castle
    Dinner at the Castle. WoW what a special experience. Beautiful food, lovely wine, dining with 12 strangers from all over the world, Jessica our host a very talented storyteller, weaving the stories of past lives of those who lived in the house so you could see them. Wonderful!
    Written 12 April 2024
  • IcyApple
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Stunning garden. Beautiful views. Even the drive up the hill to get to the location was stunning. The castle itself is interesting but if you don't have time you can skip it. I would like to stay on site one day. I didn't take any tours. I just drove there.
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Ellerm6
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too expensive
    Didn't go in after the longish drive, $45 each seemed a ludicrous entry fee. We did have a good review from friends but they are locals. The drive there was good though!
    Written 4 March 2024
  • BigMerk
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view into recent history
    I visited here as part of a Cruise ship tour. It’s about 20 minutes driving from Dunedin and stands in impressive grounds with fantastic views out onto the sea. It’s not huge (like an ancient castle) but it’s much larger than a big house. We were met at the entrance by one of the tour guides who proceeded to guide us around various parts of the house explaining the background and the story of its original owners. All very interesting.
    Written 4 March 2024
  • AndyAquila
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to visit and enjoy
    This is a way out of the city centre but well worth the drive. The castle is very interesting, and the story behind it even more so. There are lovely grounds, although it was not a good day to see them when we visited. We had a cream tea as well and that was served in the ballroom and was very good. Note to UK readers - the cream provided for cream teas is seemingly never clotted cream in New Zealand and often (as in this case we think) straight out of a can!
    Written 4 March 2024
  • 907JLeMay
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing and serene views
    We enjoyed afternoon tea in the ballroom. The tea was scrumptious, and the service was excellent. We wandered through the various gardens and delighted in the glorious views.
    Written 29 February 2024
  • joday013
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the drive.
    Visited the castle and gardens with the wife. We were lucky that is wasn't to busy, so didn't have to fight the cruise crowd. The staff were great with getting us in ahead of a tour bus. The castle is great and the gardens are kept immaculate. Well worth the trip. Just check to see how many cruise ships are in the harbour. The cafe did a great coffee and scone.
    Written 28 February 2024
  • Bootsieban
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choose your day of visit with caution!
    The castle and gardens are very interesting and there are some great views. Unfortunately we chose to go on a day when a cruise ship was in Dunedin and when we arrived at 9.45 there were already 5 tour buses there. Looking around the castle was not at all peaceful as every room was crowded. The cafe should get a mention as the home made venison pie was delicious.
    Written 25 February 2024
  • evets1232016
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Dunedin visit
    We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours here. We first visited here nearly 40 years, and the castle has been transformed since then. The fascinating history of the castle is well-documented, and most rooms have been fully restored to what they were in the 1800's. Add to that the magnificent gardens and views of the Otago peninsula and harbour, and it's a great day out. I didn't think the entry price was too bad for what was delivered. We had lunch in the ballroom cafe, which was OK, but not really a highlight of our visit. But overall, it's a "must do" of a visit to Dunedin
    Written 14 February 2024
  • 257gabbyr
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty cool, but overpriced
    This castle itself was pretty impressive, and looking around was quite interesting. The gardens were nice but for the amount of money you pay to get in, I would have expected some upkeep. It’s clear they’ve not been maintained properly. The cafe was lovely and the staff were friendly, but it’s overpriced for what it is. Go on bookme and see if you can get a deal on there!
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Vanesa Zareth M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    100% recommended
    The experience was incredible, everything is very well marked in the brochure they give you (available in several languages). You receive a brochure of the gardens and the botanicals of the place, all signposted. In addition, in the brochure of the castle tour, it has small reviews of each room and tells you the story, telling you where to start and where to continue. They have a souvenir shop and a cafe, which allows you to enjoy your meal from the palace garden and enjoy the majestic view of the castle, the staff is extremely friendly. If you come to Dunedin I recommend 100% this tour 🫶🏻
    Written 2 February 2024
  • Fiona E
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views
    A nice garden, very well designed to make the most of the spectacular views. Well maintained but would expect that for the admission price which was pretty high for a relatively small garden. A nice place to spend a couple of hours
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Z5153COpauld
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically important castle
    We visited the castle as part of a cruise ship excursion that included sight seeing in Dunedin. The castle and surrounding gardens are spectacular and there is a wonderful view over the waters to port chalmers. If you are planning to see the castle, though, I highly recommend doing one of the guided tours. The guides are highly knowledgeable on the history of the castle, which has an extremely interesting past.
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Sue B
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss the castle & gardens
    Loved visiting this castle, amazing interior & lots of interesting information to read about the history & restoration. Beautiful gardens with amazing views, good information sheets supplied on entry re the castle, gardens & plants. Spent about 4 + hours here, entry fee seemed expensive at first but considering the time we spent & enjoyment we had was worth it.
    Written 23 January 2024
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alant889
Durban, South Africa69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We stayed for one night in the Stables at Lanarch Castle which we thoroughly enjoyed. This entitled us to a free tour of the castle and breakfast the following day. We participated in the dinner evening in the Music Room at the castle which was a great expereince and enabled us to interact with other visitors. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting the Otago Peninsula. The views overlooking the bay were fantastic.
Written 11 February 2020
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Happy Travels at Felicity 888
Auckland, New Zealand55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We had a lovely few hours at Larnach Castle. We went around 10 in the morning to avoid too many people visiting the place.

We especially liked touring the grounds because of the stunning views of the Otago Peninsula. The scenery was breathtaking.

The stairs going up the tower fits only one person. It's very narrow and if you're claustrophobic you might not want to go up the tower.
Written 2 March 2021
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Susan S
Richmond, VA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I had the great pleasure to visit Larnach Castle and get a guided tour with knowledgeable and gracious volunteer Suzanne on 21 February 2022, and she was outstanding! I would highly recommend viewing this spectacular architectural marvel; leave time for a leisurely stroll around the grounds and gardens. Go up the tower for stunning views! It is all so splendid. Suzanne kindly answered my many questions without revealing any exasperation: I was very curious and she was never stumped by my many inquiries. She obviously loves the place and her enthusiasm is contagious .It is a photographer's delight, both inside and outside, and photos are allowed: come prepared with charged back-up batteries and memory cards--there is so much beauty to capture. The gift shop offers lovely keepsake treasures, too.
Written 2 March 2022
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Arrive at the main entrance prior to 9am to receive an early bird special of $10 per adult, then drive through to one of several car parks. Head for the castle first to avoid the crowds and get to experience some of the many rooms to yourselves. There are about 3 floors to explore and there is a ton of information about the history of the castle and the families who have cared for it. Quite stunning inside and a testament to those who built it. There is a gift shop and a cafe inside what looked like the main hall. Most impressive. Outside there are many gardens and vantage points over looking the Otago Peninsula. Allow a couple hours at least and as mentioned come early to beat the crowds as tour buses arrive from mid morning onwards.
Written 7 January 2023
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26lv
Wellington, New Zealand137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Larnach Castle & Gardens. The entry fee isn't the cheapest, at $34pp for adults to see both the gardens and the interior of the castle, but we were happy to pay as the money goes towards restoration & preservation of this important part of NZ history. For anyone intending to return for another visit, you can upgrade to an annual pass for free at the entry into the castle (they take a few details from you as you enter).

We visited on a clear winter's day - it was very pleasant walking around the gardens after exploring the castle up to the tower at the top. If you're visiting on a rainy day, you may not want to spend long in the gardens, so it is best to wait for a nice day if possible to get the best value for money.

It's a beautiful drive out to the Castle along the top/centre of the Otago Peninsula, with various other activities and nice places to visit in the area.
Written 20 August 2020
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Roger S
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Spent a wonderful few hours touring the castle and the beautiful and extensive grounds and recommend that you spend the extra to do both activities. The current owners are doing a great job of renovating the castle and the story boards and short introductory film provide a fascinating history of this landmark building. The views from the tower are stunning and we were lucky to have perfect weather for it.
Written 12 March 2021
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Helmut K
Wagga Wagga, Australia96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It is amazing what William Larnach, the first owner of this impressive castle has created at a time when travelling and communicating took time, much time. Great what the current owners have done to restore this old building including the interior. Congratulation!
Written 11 April 2020
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honeymoonanniversary
Mississauga, Canada67 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We rented a car just to drive out to Larnach Castle. It was a total waste of time and money. One couldn't choose to see just the castle, we were forced to buy tickets for castle and gardens. It was a cold day so we didn't really get to see the gardens. Castle didn't have any special history that one would want to see. It is very small and most of the places are restricted. I will not recommend going there. For us $200 for car rent and $70 entry ticket was too expensive for it to make any worth.
Written 14 January 2020
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Thank you for leaving a review. We are sorry to hear you did not find value in your visit. Our average guest spends 2-3 hours here so they do find great value in the price. The vast majority of guests find the history one of the most interesting aspects of their visit to Larnach.There are alternate transport methods available such as tours with local providers which would have cost significantly less than the price you stated. The restoration of the Castle would not be possible without the support of visitors such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
Written 22 January 2020
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Larry M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Delightful afternoon - a short 30min drive from Dunedin entry $34 Castle and gardens .Have a coffee in the Ballroom Cafe next door. You can take photos. They had Indoor plumbing at about 40 years b4 Queen Victoria .You will need to wait a while b4 you get a photo without a bus in the front of the Castle.
Written 4 March 2020
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Thank you for leaving a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Larnach Castle and it's gardens. The restoration of the Castle would not be possible without the support of visitors such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
Written 15 March 2020
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,612 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Widely billed at ‘New Zealand’s only Castle’, this is really more of a stately home, originally built in the style of a castle by William Larnach. We visited as part of our itinerary, near the end of a 15-day tour of both islands, arranged through Travelmarvel by APT. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit, regardless of the fact that we didn’t consider it to be a real castle.

The lady who gave us the guided tour (sorry I can’t remember her name, though I’m sure it was of Scottish origin), kept us entertained with the history of the castle, including some lurid stories of scandals in days long gone, and also the story of how the Barker family rescued and renovated the property.
Written 25 February 2021
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