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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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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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145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Castle close to the heavens. A boy of 9 told his father you should see this dad. The rest of the story is in the lower part of the castle. Just a wee way up a hill. The grounds are truly stunning. The castle breathtaking....More

Thank kwessence
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is described as the only castle in NZ. It is actually a fine Victorian mock castle. I went round on the tour. The rooms have been beautifully restored to their original look. Maybe even more interesting is the fascinating history of the original family...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens to wander about, magnificent stone castle complete with all the trimmings, including magnificent period furniture, awesome room details, including many lifelike figures in period costume. Beautifully restored and a must to visit. The tea rooms serve a variety of fare and the souvenir...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The restorations are amazing and authentic whilst the gardens are wonderful to explore. The entry by ringing the doorbell is quaint and provides a feeling of being invited in as a visiting friend. One needs to respect the treasures enclosed and the history being shared....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a castle as we from the UK would understand, but still a very interesting property to look round. We toured the castle by ourselves, which enabled us to avoid the large tour groups as many of the rooms are quite small. It is a...More

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

New Zealand’s only castle is well worth the visit! Very beautiful with lots character and info on the history of the place. I enjoyed my visit Thankyou

Thank Kelly B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is in no way like a castle you see overseas, more like a manor. The history of Larnach is just fascinating, scandalous and full of history. Beautifully restored with amazing gardens and the views from the roof are amazing. Loved my time here.

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a self guided tour after buying tickets on bookme.com, well worth the effort, the effort that has gone into restoring this place back to how it is now is outstanding, well worth the trek up the steps to the tower, the view is stunning.

Thank freedreamz
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well restored and kept place. Garden in an autumn state so not ‘pretty’ but still worth looking. $62 for two people for the inside viewing and gardens. The one disappointing part was the loud guides showing others through the castle. So obnoxious and self valuing...More

Thank Jaki C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled out to Larnach Castle for the morning and is was an easy way to spend a couple of hours. An entry fee is payable at the gate upon arrival. You have the options to visit just the gardens or the gardens the mansion....More

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sunshine16037
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
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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 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
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