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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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+64 3-476 1616
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great morning at Larnach Castle with our children. Great to see all the awesome work been done over the years to this little spot of history by the Barker family. Loved learning all the history of this lovely place. Children also enjoyed the...More

Thank Sara H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

NZ's only castle and while it's not on a scale of European castles, it's still pretty impressive. Lovely view from the top of the turret. Beautiful landscaped grounds. Great cafe for lunch.

Thank Louise N
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great day up at the castle! The grounds are always kept to an extremely high standard and the staff are always friendly! The cafe has incredible food at great prices! Highly recommended for everyone. Head up with the family and enjoy the grounds, castle and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit the castle is so interesting to look around, the grounds and the views spectacular and the cafe well worth having a lunch at. Nice food.More

Thank Dianne E
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LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Dianne, Thank you for leaving a review of your visit to Larnach Castle and Gardens. We are pleased to hear you had a wonderful time, and enjoyed the many facets of our experience. The entry fees at Larnach Castle go towards the upkeep of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the beautiful gardens and the gorgeous scenery looking out over the peninsula. The castle itself was a bit underwhelming to what we expected.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Larnach Castle & Gardens only wish we had more to truly explore it more of its beautiful gardens and the historic house.More

Thank Nanniebobbin
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LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at our beautiful New Zealand landmark. The entry fees go towards the restoration and preservation of this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great venue for adults and children. Good food in the cafe in the original ball room. Interesting fun for children to find various objects within the castle. Great gardens and grounds for all to wander. The history of the family who built the castle is...More

Thank John W
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LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear John, Thank you for leaving a review of your visit to Larnach Castle. We are pleased to hear you had a fantastic time. Kind words make the work we do at Larnach Castle so much more worthwhile. As the work at Larnach Castle is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of 4 spent over 3 hours exploring the Castle and the historic story behind its creation. We went on to have a wonderful lunch in the Ballroom and then a walk around the gardens. Sadly, because of winter a lot of the garden...More

Thank Teagle
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LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Teagle, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit. We do offer a 'Garden Pass' at $25 per year, which grants you unlimited visits into the Gardens and Cafe year...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining and wanted and we just wanted to see the outside so $15.50 for each of us for a 2 min viewing was a rip off otherwsie $31 to view inside. Would skip this if you are next in dunedin its not worth...More

Thank relaxed09
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LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear guest, Thank you for leaving a review. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. It is unfortunate you spent only two minutes in the gardens. The expansive gardens and grounds that surround Larnach Castle take many guests hours to explore,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our children had a fantastic time today visiting Lanarch Castle. We stayed for around 2 hours. The cafe was lovely for lunch. I had the fritter & halloumi stack which was delicious. Hot chocolates and tea were very welcome on a cold day. We would...More

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sunshine16037
8 October 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
12 July 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
13 October 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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