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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
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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 5 days ago

I'm not an architecture buff--but this building and gardens were definitely worth visiting. The formal English gardens and local plant area were lovely. The house is really beautiful with AMAZING views of the sea. You can go up on the walkway on the roof and...More

Thank redeetogo
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour is self guided with audio device a d typical of most castles. The grounds are wonderful and many flowers were in bloom. Worth seeing

Thank Punksedona
Reviewed 1 week ago

My second time here the first being 40 years ago. I'm just as impressed second time around as the family have continued to improve and develop in an appropriate way. This is a good destination for gardners, history fans or just those who are crurious...More

Thank nikki954
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice walk despite the cold many great pics and videos to take. Inside the castle we learnt abt the history of the Lanarch family and the castle rich in heritage. Overall the combined tour took us abt 2 hrs ,per pax abt...More

Thank edmundp0h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

not scary just beautiful. we were there a lot longer than we thought as we enjoyed it so much. definitely would recommend going and checking it out. the castle tells you a sad but interesting story

Thank tammyridley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day with beautiful weather. Just a stunning example that is getting the love it deserves. They also do accomodation as well for a special weekend away!

Thank Aaron D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect weekend getaway from Christchurch. Beautiful surroundings and attentive staff. Breakfast excellent to start the day before exploring Dunedin. Various room options to suite everyone's pocket.

Thank Keven K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can tell that the Barkers are trying to maintain this castle really well. When I was there, there were some workers doing some minor renovations in front of the castle. It only simply shows that they are trying their best to preserve it and...More

Thank jcbnavarra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place! Not really a castle by UK standards but a lovely old country mansion set in spectacular gardens with wonderful views. Even the tea room was excellent. Well worth a visit.More

Thank Lindsay L
MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Lindsay, Thank you for leaving a review of your recent visit to Larnach Castle. We are pleased to see you rated it a 5 star experience, and took the time to enjoy some refreshments in our Ballroom Cafe. Best wishes from New Zealand. Reid...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, stunning. So pleased the owners have and continue to restore this beautiful castle. So much history revealed during the visit. Even during winter you can see the beauty.More

Thank stem53
MarketingSupport, assistant at Larnach Castle & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear visitor, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback regarding your recent visit to Larnach Castle. We are thrilled to hear you loved your visit and were able to enjoy the restoration and preservation of this New Zealand landmark. This piece of New...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 Cheryl Burton | Reviewed this property |
Taxi would be the best bet
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