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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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
+64 3-476 1616
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent, interesting place. Great drive out along the peninsula to get there, good cafe, good guides, a pleasant day out.

Thank enceSci57
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely castle being restored beautifully that shows a price of Dunedinds history. Beautiful grounds. Well worth a visit.

Thank nzfamily52014
Reviewed 6 days ago

An interesting, visually stunning drive up to Larnach Castle. Beautiful grounds & house restored to their former glory. Quite a tragic family history makes the visit even more entrancing.

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place to visit after touring the castle a very nice High Tea then a stroll through the lovely gardens

Thank Janice M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit if you’re in the area. It’s a family owned business/restoration project, and it’s been done beautifully. It’s not quite finished yet, but show me a castle anywhere in the world that is. The gardens alone are worth a look...More

Thank Old-un50
Reviewed 1 week ago

We Were here for a wedding last week...totally stunning place for a wedding....various oprions of places to hold the service... Catering was superb...so were the canape's....service amazing.... Certainly recommended as a venue

Thank ericandlyn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the castle as part of a tour (with the Taeri Gorge train). The castle grounds are simply beautiful and you can get some stunning pictures from its perch point n the city. The castle is a family home (so not a real castle)...More

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd previously visited the "castle" so this time we just wandered around the gardens and checked out the cafe. The history of the castle's original construction is an intriguing commentary on the wealthy politician who built the place and the times he lived in. The...More

Thank PatchNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Larnach Castle was on my list of must-sees in Dunedin. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. I would classify the place as a grand house rather than a castle. While some rooms were beautifully appointed, overall it disappointed. The family sold all of the...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history and restoration of this building is amazing and can totally recommend the high tea too! The grounds are truly amazing to see as well as two avid gardeners can attest!

Thank Delysc
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7 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
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
13 October 2016|
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Response from Cheryl Burton | Reviewed this property |
Taxi would be the best bet