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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-476 1616
09:00 - 17:00
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Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant...

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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An interesting estate worth visiting

We spent a very enjoyable morning at Larnach. The grounds and the house itself are well worth a visit. The family history is quite interesting and the rooms and furnishings are... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a very enjoyable morning at Larnach. The grounds and the house itself are well worth a visit. The family history is quite interesting and the rooms and furnishings are beautiful.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Showing my friends around NZ and called here again. Well worth a Visit - both the gardens and the castle itself. Great views of the harbour from here also.

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice grounds with scenic views. Castle history was very interesting. Space for kids to run around. Worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The rooms are being carefully restored and the written descriptions of the rooms and displays are informative. I understand the pine cones on the chairs is to prevent visitors from sitting on them but visually they are jarring lay out of place in the opulence. Dried flowers perhaps

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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We visited Larnach Castle to celebrate a senior family member's very special birthday. An outstanding day spent viewing the gardens, surrounding views and castle. Also had the High Tea, highly recommended

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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Larnach Castle and Gardens is so beautiful. You could spend a whole day there learning the histroy of the family that built the castle. Gardens were stunning. I will be back there again. Loved it.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing setting and views from the castle and gardens. The house has beautiful details and a lot of work has gone into restoring it. Our teenager was spooked by tales of it being haunted, and was especially scared in the Bourdair and music room, mainly due to an overactive imagination. The turret has outstanding views as well.

Thank Linda S
New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit. Stunning location. Parking easy with great garden walks. Wouldn't suit anyone with mobility issues as there's a lot of stairs

Timaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

better looking at this castle from the outside rather than inside, great fro a day trip to see, and a pic ofcourse...

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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had never heard of this place but as we had time up our sleeve, decided to drive up there along the bay. the road is very windy and then a steep uphill drive on a narrow road. It is well worth it. entry fee for both the castle and the gardens was $31 each adult. a little steep considering... More 

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