Larnach Castle & Gardens
Larnach Castle & Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Bronwyn V
    Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ghosts are alive and kicking!
    Incredible escape. Stunning setting. Food extraordinaire. Yes, ghosts are here. Met them before we joined the presentation afternoon tea to find out more. The nuns in the photos shared VERY same Nuns seen walking through the property!
    Visited May 2022
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,674 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stop on the peninsula in Dunedin
    Who knew New Zealand had a castle? And one built by an Aussie! Enjoyed an interesting day trip to Dunedin to see the Castle, lovingly restored over the past decades. A interesting glimpse into the past and recreated beautifully. Also would be a lovely place to stay or picnic when visiting Dunedin. Incredibly windy and cold outside during our visit but the soup of the day warmed us nicely.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • mdh969
    Canberra, Australia615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle visit
    We did the castle tour and garden tour. It was $45.00 per person. If you have trouble walking, there is a car park further up from the first one you come across. The grounds were very well kept and the walk through the castle was great. We went back for dinner in the castle later that day. It was $85.00 per person and it was a four course meal. Everyone got the same meal. It was OK, but the third course was venison, which was not to everyone’s taste. If we had our time again, we would not have had the dinner and just done the garden and castle tour.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 October 2023
  • GV14218
    Saint Paul, Minnesota33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic house and gardens well worth a visit
    Nicely restored and well-maintained 19th century house/castle. Self-guided tour meant we went through at our own pace. Gardens were equally good, well worth walking through. We had dessert and espresso at the cafe; quality and prices were good. Highly recommended for an hour or half day visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Holdy's Holidays
    Australia61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the visit
    We visited the castle for not only the tour but high tea. The castle and Gardens were simply amazing. Such a beautiful place and well worth the visit. On arrival to the tea rooms (for high tea) one of the staff brushed my wife off when we asked about our high tea then proceeded to help others. We felt a little unwelcome. Eventially when served, the high tea was amazing and the rest of the staff were great.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Alison S
    Mudgee, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A family visit to the castle
    Stayed in the stables with my family and explored the castle at our leisure. Dinner in the castle dining room. An amazing experience. We loved the castle the accomodation was comfortable and fun and the food delicious. The staff were friendly informative and accomodating.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 December 2023
  • Julie
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A peaceful overnight experience
    We had a very comfortable stay in the stables, warm rooms with plenty of shared showers etc for all. We loved our Trust the Chef 4 course meal in the music room at the castle, which was very good value with the pre dinner drink included too. Breakfast was delicious and cooked perfectly. We loved having access to the castle and gardens over the 2 days, so nothing was rushed. The staff were all very friendly, helpful and accommodating. A Must Do when visiting Dunedin!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Patricia050875
    Singapore, Singapore574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour down memory lane
    I am glad that we started the tour at 9am sharp. There was barely anyone there until around 9.30am. We followed the sequence of the tour according to the guide. Started with the basement one then go all the way up two more level then to the roof top. I think at level 3, there is this dressing room where there was a mannequin hanging horizontally on the ceiling which my family felt quite uncomfortable watching it. Upon checking later on with the friend staying at Dunedin then we understood the story behind the mannequin. Overall a pleasant experience to tour the castle and the garden. We spent 2.5 hours touring including taking our lunch there.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio696 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the Mac o Chee Castle 🏰 of New Zealand 🇳🇿
    First of all this the Mac -a Chee Castle 🏰 of New Zealand 🇳🇿. Second it is built by a Scottish New Zealander family. Third it is a lovely castle 🏰 too . Fourth it is still owned by a family too. Lastly they have great gardens too.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Sue B
    Weybridge, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss the castle & gardens
    Loved visiting this castle, amazing interior & lots of interesting information to read about the history & restoration. Beautiful gardens with amazing views, good information sheets supplied on entry re the castle, gardens & plants. Spent about 4 + hours here, entry fee seemed expensive at first but considering the time we spent & enjoyment we had was worth it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
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matautraveller
Waihaorunga, New Zealand91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Evening Dining Experience at the Castle -The Chef's choice meal is fantastic value, a great night out including meal, 1 comp drink and stories on the history of the Castle.
Written 16 April 2024
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Susan M
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Dinner at the Castle. WoW what a special experience. Beautiful food, lovely wine, dining with 12 strangers from all over the world, Jessica our host a very talented storyteller, weaving the stories of past lives of those who lived in the house so you could see them. Wonderful!
Written 13 April 2024
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candbhigginson
Hamilton, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My friend and I took our wives to High Tea here for a special treat. It was truly exceptional. We were pampered. The service was fantastic, the variety of teas offered was second to none, the food exceptional and the setting in the grand ball room topped it all off. We left feeling "Something Special". P.S. the views of the Dunedin Peninsula on the way are spectacular and best of all, free.
Written 25 March 2024
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What We Found Travelling
Sydney, Australia3,305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly the drive up to the castle is wonderful. The castle itself is more like a mansion. I don’t believe it should be called a castle. If you are expecting to see a traditional style castle you’ll be disappointed.
After exploring inside & out for an hour or so, we figured the admission price of $45 is excessive. It’s certainly not worth more than $25 per person.
Great history about the castle & quite interesting to see how the place was fitted out back in the 1800’s.
You’ll enjoy your visit here a lot more if you time it to avoid the cruise ship crowds.
Written 24 March 2024
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IcyApple
Mosman, Australia188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Stunning garden. Beautiful views. Even the drive up the hill to get to the location was stunning. The castle itself is interesting but if you don't have time you can skip it. I would like to stay on site one day. I didn't take any tours. I just drove there.
Written 22 March 2024
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Jeff H
Grand Rapids, MI13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The castle was nice, and the story was interesting. However, we would have liked more information on the specific furnishings and the restoration techniques. The gardens are beautiful, and the guides provided were very thorough.
Written 19 March 2024
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Wayne B
Morrinsville, New Zealand166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you do nothing else in dunedin , then you need to visit larnach castle. Great history and views of the harbour. Nice cafe and friendly staff. Best part of this was going to the top of the castle and the views
Written 8 March 2024
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SurreyDoodie
Capel, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful place. Stunning views. Great history. Friendly hosts. Comfortable accommodation. Delicious dinner. Great coffee!
Written 8 March 2024
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LR M
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Didn't go in after the longish drive, $45 each seemed a ludicrous entry fee. We did have a good review from friends but they are locals. The drive there was good though!
Written 4 March 2024
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I visited here as part of a Cruise ship tour. It’s about 20 minutes driving from Dunedin and stands in impressive grounds with fantastic views out onto the sea. It’s not huge (like an ancient castle) but it’s much larger than a big house. We were met at the entrance by one of the tour guides who proceeded to guide us around various parts of the house explaining the background and the story of its original owners. All very interesting.
Written 4 March 2024
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Larnach Castle & Gardens admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $46.09, while a popular guided tour starts around $51.47 per person.




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