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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-476 1616
09:00 - 17:00
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Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant...

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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Magnificent garden

This is an old castle that comes with some eerie histories. Beautiful castle and very well maintained. The garden is very pretty, my folks have had a great time there checking out... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an old castle that comes with some eerie histories. Beautiful castle and very well maintained. The garden is very pretty, my folks have had a great time there checking out beautiful flowers. Entrance fees is a lil dearer but its reasonable since they need alot of manpower to maintain the whole place up to this stage. Worth a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Larnach castle should not exist but it does and it comes with it's own share of haunting and tragic tales. The restoration is very well done and is a labour of love.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are into history and a great garden, this is the place for you. We opted for a self tour which took us about 20minutes to look around the house. We also found out that one of the rooms is apparently haunted.

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Booker Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a delightful visit and tour of the Castle and grounds. The interior of the castle features some original and period furniture which are a delight.The wooden staircase and ornate plastered ceilings were also good features. The floor room plan emphasised the ostentatious outlook of William Larnach, which was designed to impress. We were surprised but the relatively small... More 

Thank Ron T
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Larnach Castle is an incredible place, from the cafe to the castle itself is very entrancing, the service and food in the cafe was very good, the castle is simply amazing we spent a couple of hours here admiring how well everything has been preserved and presented, I definitely recommend a visit here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place has had the same owners for 50 years, dedicated to restoring it to its 19th century glory. And only through their private fund-raising. Shows how the wealthy of the 19th century could live and how we can be reminded of one part of Dunedin's past.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Larnach Castle is a fascinating stop when exploring the Otago Peninsula of South Island, NZ, near Dunedin. You will learn history of the area and see the lovely gardens. We enjoyed the nice plants and trees which are very well tended. The castle tour is extra charge and shows the interior rooms on a self-guided tour. The adjoining café was... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a complete rip off, you are charged $15 per person just to enter the grounds. Then charged another $16 to visit the "castle" which is not even a castle just a large home.

Thank Liddy J
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A stunning sunny day for my visit to Larnach Castle. The gardens are gorgeous with the Ballroom Café just beautiful. The castle is stunning and a credit to the family. Great photo opportunities from the look out at the top of the very narrow steps!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

we love it up here. something homely and easy about the cafe and the meals are always hearty. we bring visitors and always enjoy mooching about the grounds. great place for treasure hunts if you have young kids. its not a castle by any means, more of a folly and a very loveable house. beautiful to explore the house and... More 

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