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Larnach Castle & Gardens

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Address: 145 Camp Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-476 1616
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Amazing restoration

Well done the Barker family. What a lovely restoration job you've done of Lanarch Castle and it's gardens. I love that you have made so many of the rooms free to roam around with... read more

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well done the Barker family. What a lovely restoration job you've done of Lanarch Castle and it's gardens. I love that you have made so many of the rooms free to roam around with nothing but some giant pine cones and a few ribbons to discourage visitors from sitting on furniture. It looks beautiful.

Thank DawnBeamsley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply stunning views from this place the garden and the grounds are the best and the drive there was outstanding lots of parking relax walk around and enjoy

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's been 35+ yrs since last visit. What an excellent job with the restoration to date. The story telling is great without the App but the detail added with the App makes a difference. The views remain spectacular and the day with clear blue skies with a cool breeze. This was a good day weather wise and makes you realise... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We toured the house at the same time as a bunch of cruise passengers, so the rooms got crowded at times, but the staff were helpful in keeping everyone organized. The history of the house and family is interesting and reflected in the rooms. We also enjoyed the gardens for the plants and the views. Good cafe food, too.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Magnificent place to visit, the history , the gardens, the castle, cafe and the location is absolutely fantastic. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this castle back to life.

Thank bellam35
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love this place I can't wait to come back , however the small in the stairwell gab my child nightmares 😳 She told me it smelt funny

Thank Krystle Q
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walking through the beautiful gardens is relaxing. Then the 'castle' which is really a beautifully restored mansion. The castle was built by a wealthy australian banker who lived in New Zealand for many years. After his death and that of his third wife the house fell into disrepair. I young couple travelling came across it, bought it and have painstakingly... More 

Thank Sharyn M
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a large family home in wonderful grounds. Very good cafe. Check out the bath and wonder how they got it there. Marvel at the double glazing and ponder on how this never took off amongst the lower classes.

Thank athrawesSwansea
Rotorua District, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's been over 20 years since I had been to Larnach Castle. That time we didn't really look at the gardens, we saw inside that castle and had a quick stroll around. This time we went to look at the gardens. I had seen the Laburnum Arch on a gardening programme and wanted to see more of this garden. We... More 

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building with an awesome garden, you really need 3 hours to explore everything. Good parking with a cafe onsite.

Thank ShelleyQ008

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