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

Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
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$37.00
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2–4 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
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  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 36403P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Written and audio guides
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
2–4 hours
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Written and audio guides
  • Entry/Admission - Larnach Castle & Gardens
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
2–4 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
101 reviews
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Susan S
Richmond, VA16 contributions
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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Stuart M
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
Dec 2021
Historically speaking this castle has had a pretty eventful life which is captured succinctly in the presentations onsite. I enjoyed the well restored rooms as they weren't overly cluttered and reflected the original inhabitants lives pretty well. It's good to go up the narrow spiral staircase to the top turret as there are great views. The cafe is nice and cosy in the ballroom with an indoor fireplace as well as outdoor gazebo/tent for those warm summer days - and the food was excellent and rich. Walking in the gardens was very enjoyable with a range of diverse & different gardens, also scenic vistas - and the sounds of the tui's and blackbirds are very relaxing. It was also nice to be so warmly invited to come again for free sometime in the next 365 days. Exceeded my expectations.
Written 18 December 2021
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Dear StuartmU7397LR Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. It is very nice to learn your we exceeded your expectations, we hope you can visit us again sometime in the future. Kind regards Deborah Price
Written 28 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Happy Travels at Felicity 888
Auckland, New Zealand55 contributions
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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blackrock2016
Invercargill, New Zealand26 contributions
Mar 2021
As a family, we have visited Lanarch Castle many times over the years. We have observed the hard work put in by the Barkers and others. Our last visit, with my late wife, was very disappointing.. Pre Covid, we took our small granddaughter, who was very excited by the prospect. We experienced complete disorder. Groups of people were crowding into rooms, mostly Australian and American, there seemed to be little or no control systems in place.
My grand daughter didn't get to see much at all. When I spoke to a member of staff, about my concerns, I was told " Well you really picked a bad time."
Very disappointing. Sadly, I doubt that we will ever return.
Written 18 February 2022
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Ian S
109 contributions
Feb 2020
I was surprised how expensive it was ($34 per adult) to get in to see the castle and gardens (it is cheaper if you only see the gardens). However having done it we were really pleased we went and it was well worth it.

They have really lovely gardens, but the most interesting part was the castle itself. There was heaps of really fascinating history about the Larnach family (and they had lots of dramas!) and also the restoration of the castle after it got very neglected for a period of time. Most of the castle has been restored and filled with antique furniture etc.

It was well worth walking to the very top of the castle to the Tower Room with great views out in three directions and then you can walk up a skinny spiral staircase up to the roof of that room. Sadly, many people didn't realise that this was possible and missed it, but it was well worth walking up the staircase to walk out onto the roof which is where you get the best views from.

They also have a great cafe with some really delicious food and some very nice hot chocolate flavours (White Chocolate and also Turkish Delight - they were both very nice but the Turkish Delight one was the best!).
Written 10 February 2020
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Linda C
Moorpark, CA1,054 contributions
Feb 2020
We rented a car at Port Chalmers and drove about 30 minutes to take the self-guided tour of this grand old manor house on the beautiful Otago Peninsula that offers incredible views. I'd read "King of the Castle" before our visit, which I highly recommend as it's a fascinating family story filled with drama. The house on the hill was built with the best that money could buy, and the current owners have restored it and filled it with some spectacular furniture. They've also done a beautiful job with the gardens, plus there's a nice cafe in the huge ballroom, where one can sit by the fire and enjoy pastries or lunch or scones and a wide choice of various teas. They also have an excellent gift shop. We were glad we were on our own and didn't have to rush or share the spaces with a group. Free brochures were helpful, as was the nice guidebook with lovely photos. Allow a minimum of two hours, but three would be even better. Park in the upper lot by the house.
Written 3 May 2020
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Roger S
31 contributions
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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redjasper
168 contributions
Everyone I encountered who works at Lanarch Castle was friendly and very helpful, from the enthusiasm of the man in the ticket/carpark booth, to the warm welcome to the house by a charming gentleman who explained how best to approach visiting the different parts of the building and gardens, and every member of staff dotted around the castle and gardens.

I was able to work my may around in my own time, the best way to appreciate such a grand place with so much history! The story of its restoration by the Barker family is fascinating!

The best tip I have is to look out for the Early Bird special discouted tickets, which you can get if you arrive before 9:30am. At which time you're more likely to miss crowds from cruise ships!
Written 23 February 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. It's always great to hear our staff have taken such good care of our guests. The restoration of the Castle would not be possible without the support of visitors such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
Written 8 March 2020
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GiJo48
Tokyo6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Overpriced.
Nice to look at but not for $40pp.
Cafe is very average with staff who don't care (or potentially understand their job?)

We had one guy come to our table (of 2 adults) 3 times with a kids meal and soup... we kept telling him it wasn't for us until the last time he just pit it on the table and said "here's your food".

Wouldn't recommend. Waste of money.
Written 5 June 2022
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Larnach
Hi GiJo48 Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize your visit was not what you expected. I would like to point out our entry fee is $37.00 per person, we are a privately owned restoration project, our staff are paid not volunteers (some people think we operate like the National trust in the UK). I am sorry you had such a disorganized cafe experience, I agree its is not acceptable, like a lot of cafe's at the moment we experiencing staff shortages, especially experienced staff. However this is no excuse for receiving the wrong food, I will follow up with our Cafe team. Kind regards Deborah
Written 6 June 2022
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,546 contributions
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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cushlabrown
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Amazing - good for the soul!
Sadly I didn’t have enough time to fully explore the gardens so intend returning. It’s unbelievable what a family
Janette K
Janette K
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Exceeded all our expectations
Stayed in the stables and it was very cosy. The sunrise was well worth getting up for and viewing from the platform
Anne A
Anne A
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Would have loved to see the beauty to share with others
Sadly we didn't get to go to Larnach. We drove up to the gates and saw the costs and having a family of 5 is not an
23suzanne23
23suzanne23
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Larnach Castle - A Must Do Experience
We stayed in The Stables - what amazing value for money! Comfortable accommodation, entry to the grounds and Castl
brendafrost
brendafrost
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Local History
An amazing piece of local history and so good to see it fully restored. Tour is good to learn the history of the c
Q3009BWsusanc
Q3009BWsusanc
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Castle visit
An amazing historic place. Loved to read the history of the families who both built, lived in and are now restoring
kamiya_ravi
kamiya_ravi
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Must do
Beautiful castle and gardens. The kids loved running around on the grounds . The view from the top was amazing .
fleddy978
fleddy978
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Stayed 2 Nights - Beauty, Peace and Great Sunrises
Stayed for 2 nights. The sunrises streaming through the windows in the Lodge were superb. Also had dinner one night
vcoopz
vcoopz
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Beautiful gardens and great cafe
We paid for the gardens entry only, we didn’t go inside the castle. We were a family of four with an 8 year old and
PHIL P
PHIL P
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Well Manicured
Creaky old wooden floors, stairs, & rooms. A taste of life in the past. We got the visit & Dinner as part of the pa
ClaireMalc
ClaireMalc
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High tea at the castle
We booked the high tea and it was fantastic. We were warmly greeted and well looked after. The food was delicious!
Airini-22
Airini-22
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Don't miss it!
We stayed here overnight and it definitely exceeded expectations. The castle is so gorgeous and the renovations qui
Glenny49
Glenny49
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Disappointing High Tea
The gardens and the castle were great, but feel that if doing both the information leaflets for both should be give
Tynie14
Tynie14
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Beautifully restored
The owners have done a fantastic job restoring the castle and the beautiful gardens. This is well worth a visit. Th
lucy_1972Auckland
lucy_1972Auckland
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Wonderful Experience, Stunning Location, Go Now !
I purchased the Larnach Castle grabone deal and it was an absolutely wonderful experience that I highly recommend t
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