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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
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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...more
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145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-476 1616
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The story and location of a self-made man, three wives, ghosts, triumphs, tragedy and grandeur. An amazing visit, beautifully maintained and presented, a true walk through history dating back to 1871. We explored the castle and grounds well, lovely view from the very top from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kate M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Lanarch Castle. However being Scottish it’s not really a castle, more of a large house. Also the new glass conservatory they have put found the front of it really takes the historic feel away from it. The history behind it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LauraGolf
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have dreamt to come to this castle for 8 years and it is worth it. It has abit of off road to drive up the hill to the castle. Very stunning castle and beautiful garden. There are many rooms to visit and video to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Amykyle
Reviewed 3 days ago

A wonderful look back at the history of the castle. Lovingly restored with continuing work for years to come. Wellw orth the visit and great to know that some of the entry fee goes into the continued restoration.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kath K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not only is the castle amazing, yes you can take lots of photos. Do not miss the tower, it is worth the walk up the spiral steps to the top, the view over Dunedin is to die for. If the steps are not your thing,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ReenieCee
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved the gardens, did not go inside the castle as didn't have time. The views are spectacular. We had Devonshire tea in the restaurant- very nice indeed.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Vanessa D
Reviewed 4 days ago

The castle and the gardens are stunning and the restoration of the property is true to the period - well worth a look and hearing the original family's story from the knowledgeable tour guide was lovely.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lisa T
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Larnach Castle & Gardens and only wished we had more time to explore the house and grounds. It's a bit of a windy road about 20 minutes drive out of the town centre of Dunedin....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Oz-Amanda
Reviewed 4 days ago

Set on top of a hill overlooking the harbor and city is Larnach Castle. Although not as big as it's Scottish cousins it's well worth a visit. The interior is as it was, beautifully restored by the family that now runs the castle. Take time...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Martin P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are an early riser its worth taking advantage of early bord pricing. The inside of castle is intriguing. Its probably more a mansion designed like a castle but very touching to see the ball room which was built for the daughter! Views are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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
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