Larnach Castle & Gardens

Larnach Castle & Gardens, Dunedin: Hours, Address, Larnach Castle & Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Larnach Castle & Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
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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
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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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Marina
Newcastle, Australia27 contributions
My husband and I booked the high tea experience and the garden and castle tour. The castle is beautiful and it has so much history. The garden looked beautiful even during winter. Afterward, we had a lovely high tea in the castle ballroom. Highly recommend this experience if you are in Dunedin.
Written 16 August 2022
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Arlene W
Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions
Couples
All of it was stunning, well done to the Barker family for wonderful upkeep. The ballroom Cafe is a must for refreshments too!
Written 13 August 2022
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Scott M
Rockhampton, Australia7 contributions
Really interesting place to visit - full of history and amazing architecture. The audio tour addition was well worth it - highly recommended to get the most out of your visit.
Written 1 August 2022
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Black Cat
25 contributions
Couples
Such a lovely place with a great history to it. Really enjoyed the visit and the views. Best on a good weather day.
Written 31 July 2022
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Linda L
4 contributions
A lovely high tea in the castle ballroom. A must-do inclusion in your Dunedin Itinerary. Full credit to the Barker family for their restoration of this important landmark. We visited in winter but would love to return and see the gardens in their spring glory.
Written 19 July 2022
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Angela
5 contributions
Couples
The high tea was amazing and we loved touring the castle and hearing about the Barker family’s personal restoration efforts. Truly amazing and beautiful story.
Written 15 July 2022
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Kinc0ra
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
Our guide, Rob, from Monach tours was a local -born and bred in the areas near Larnach Castle and so could regale us with tale of his childhood, show us where he grew up, got married and raised his family all in the district. He was able to tell us all about Willaim Larnach and so by the time we arrived at the castle, we were ready to explore a little and understand more of what we were seeing. The grounds were mostly resting for winter but still beautiful and full of bird song as we walked around the paths . It was a fascinating look into what old money and vision could do. It's wonderful that the current owners are committed to restoring the grounds as well as the castle itself. It's a real treasure!
Written 12 July 2022
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Cushlab
Auckland Central, New Zealand65 contributions
Solo
Sadly I didn’t have enough time to fully explore the gardens so intend returning. It’s unbelievable what a family has achieved in reviving this stunning property. It’s important to explore both the castle and the gardens.
Written 27 June 2022
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GiJo48
Tokyo6 contributions
Couples
Overpriced.
Nice to look at but not for $40pp.
Cafe is very average with staff who don't care (or potentially understand their job?)

We had one guy come to our table (of 2 adults) 3 times with a kids meal and soup... we kept telling him it wasn't for us until the last time he just pit it on the table and said "here's your food".

Wouldn't recommend. Waste of money.
Written 5 June 2022
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Larnach
Hi GiJo48 Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize your visit was not what you expected. I would like to point out our entry fee is $37.00 per person, we are a privately owned restoration project, our staff are paid not volunteers (some people think we operate like the National trust in the UK). I am sorry you had such a disorganized cafe experience, I agree its is not acceptable, like a lot of cafe's at the moment we experiencing staff shortages, especially experienced staff. However this is no excuse for receiving the wrong food, I will follow up with our Cafe team. Kind regards Deborah
Written 6 June 2022
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Margaret M
13 contributions
Couples
The collection of furnishings, the restored ornate ceilings, timber staircase, tiled floors and artworks are fascinating.
Written 2 June 2022
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Larnach Castle & Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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