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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  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,892 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, Australia998 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, Minnesota36 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
    Australia67 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, Singapore712 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, Ohio682 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 Kingdom120 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
  • Paul D
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically important castle
    We visited the castle as part of a cruise ship excursion that included sight seeing in Dunedin. The castle and surrounding gardens are spectacular and there is a wonderful view over the waters to port chalmers. If you are planning to see the castle, though, I highly recommend doing one of the guided tours. The guides are highly knowledgeable on the history of the castle, which has an extremely interesting past.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 January 2024
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PepperKaz5
Dunedin, New Zealand54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Did an overnight and dinner in the castle. Done this a few times now and it is always as good as the last. From the moment we were greeted at our accommodation to the end of the night. Stayed in the lodge. Lovely warm room on arrival.
Trust the chef menu was superb. And our mini tour and chat with Jessica who was so knowledgeable just topped off our night. Our fellow dining guests were very friendly and fun. We will be back.
Written 19 June 2024
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Rachael Elizabeth
Phnom Penh, Cambodia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Larnach Castle was a really interesting place to visit. Totally unexpected and not like any other castle I’ve seen. Has a wonderful back story and I totally love that the family still live onsite today. The gardens were incredible and the views were stunning. A bit sad that the scaffolding was up, but understandable that they need to keep such a big home maintained.
Written 8 June 2024
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Fran H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was probably one of the best dining out experiences I have ever had due to the combination of a number of factors including the atmosphere, location, dinner host, wait staff, food quality and fellow guests.

Walking from the carpark to the castle, the lighting of the statues and castle creates a magical atmosphere and makes you feel like you are in for something special. Arriving at the castle door Jessica S greeted us so warmly and professionally, welcoming us in and taking coats. The bar set up with Matthew behind it naturally draws you further into the building then with drink in hand it was lovely to wander through the rooms before dinner. A round-the-circle group introduction of who we were and where we were from just before dinner created a more intimate situation so it did not feel so odd sitting at a long table with strangers, now we knew a bit about them. Through out the night Jessica shared stories and history of the people and place in short snippets so it didn’t feel like a history lesson, she is a gifted story teller.

The food came out in perfect spacing and portion sizes that were not overwhelming – it felt like true fine dining.

The short tour around the castle after the meal was a nice finishing touch, again enriched by Jessicas storytelling, and a warm and unrushed farewell at the end. All in all a very memorable and special experience.
Written 29 May 2024
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Aidan G
Birmingham, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent a night here towards the end of our honeymoon. The setting is unique by New Zealand standards, as the only castle in the country. The building itself is very picturesque and has great views of the surrounding countryside and inlet, and the displays and exhibitions inside are very informative - bearing in mind that NZ is a relatively young country by official standards, so the history of Larnach Castle may not quite match up to some European castles! That said, it has an interesting and in some cases controversial history, and at one point, came close to being demolished.
We had dinner in the castle itself, which was grand and the food itself was incredible. If you are staying at the castle, you really need to have dinner here as well! You are seated with other guests which can lead to a lot of interesting discussions.
The accommodation was overlooking Broad Bay I believe and the views in the morning with the sunrise were spectacular.
Thoroughly recommend the experience as a whole as you will do nothing else like it in NZ.
Written 19 May 2024
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Sharon P
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Our stay at Launch castle was fantastic. The castle is magnificent the dinner in the castle was top 5 star scallops and duck breast , best we've ever had.
The wonderful tour guide Jessica is only 18 and the loveliest and funniest young lady she is full of incredible knowledge regarding the castle and the Lanach family. She had our full attention all night. Thank you Jess.
The accomodation in the lodge is absolutely beautiful and we felt so at home. Stables for breakfast was delightful
and the castle cafe soup and Plum lamington is to die for .
Grounds are absolutely stunning and the view from the top of the castle turret is beyond words .A wonderful memorable stay.
Written 2 May 2024
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Bob H
84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An interesting look for not the past.Its a small stately home not a castle but nonetheless and interesting snapshot of a point in time. We ate lunch in the cafe which was not overpriced. The gardens are lovely and as with all things kiwi the staff around the place were pleasant and chatty. The highlight is the stunning views from the turret of the peninsula.
Written 29 April 2024
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matautraveller
Waihaorunga, New Zealand83 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
19 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, Australia6,472 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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