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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
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Sun - Sat 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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A trip back in time

This was a wonderful day out, but it was cold and showery so didnt get to see everything. My complaint was, I know it is a tourist destination but it is a lot more expensive than... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a wonderful day out, but it was cold and showery so didnt get to see everything. My complaint was, I know it is a tourist destination but it is a lot more expensive than it should be for families.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good morning out. Informative driver who took us round the castle then let us have free time to wonder around the castle and gardens. A good day out with a pleasant stroll around beautiful gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with teenage child and she loved it at the castle. The history of the place is well told and displayed. The rooms resemblance the era it was built. Lots of work being done by the current owners to maintain the castle. Beautiful grounds and garden. We had lunch in the ballroom cafe. Great foodand friendly staff.

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Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the gardens, but not the house, The setting is stunning and the gardens beautifully maintained.

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Thank Bill-in-Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very interesting Historic Mansion and grounds, can't really call it a castle. Furnishings and other items inside of house are interesting, but nothing outstanding that sets them apart from other similar homes of this type. Very informative video. You will learn a great deal not only about the founder and his family, but also about the history and origins... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the castle is the only one in NZ - withouth the long history full of war, but still its story is lovely to hear. the gardens are also magnificinet, ispired by Alice in wonderland. the location os the castle was carefully selected, hence it is on the hilltop with georgeous views

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Thank Andrea K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The drive to the castle is adventurous - we didn't go inside the castle but outside garden was nice. The cafe was reasonable with great service. With the garden entrance fee, you can walk around the castle - some amazing views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely venue for a visit to a world renowned garden with amazing views across the Otago Peninsula. We were lucky to visit on the Spring Open day and plant sale. Must visit the awesome tea rooms and be taken back in time to days of yore :-) Great food and lovely efficient and friendly service even on an extremely busy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came here on a misty afternoon, made it super creepy and kids loved it. Toured the castle, inside castle probably better for mid primary school age kids+ and not 5 or below as there are stairs and they won't appreciate the historical parts. Gardens would be fine for younger ones as there is plenty of room to move. Stayed in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here before. Three (or is it four???) times to be exact. Each time I can't seem to wait to arrive and see the views, and experience the old world Dunedin landmark that is Larnach Castle once again. Parking is plentiful, and you will have purchased your tickets as you drive in the driveway to the attraction. Do the... More 

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