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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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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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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... read more

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Geelong, Australia
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Timaru, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days 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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Can Tho, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cost $15 just to view gardens, and about another $16 to see inside. So if you are on a budget stick to the botanical gardens for free, it takes about 25 min to drive out the peninsula, a beautiful drive, gardens are lovely , the house is magnificent, although I would have liked a story about the furniture, one wedding... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived just at lunch time and decided to eat before exploring the castle. The food and environment in the ballroom was wonderful. After our relaxed dinning we set off around the grounds following the garden tour map. This is a great way to see the grounds and the views of the peninsula. We then ventured inside by ringing the door... More 

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Bundaberg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a place I have been eager to visit for years. When we got there, we found that it was overpriced and pretty average. We took a few photos and then left. There are far better things to see and do around Dunedin.

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Dunfermlie
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being Scottish we know a thing or two about castles. We were very open minded when visiting New Zealand's only castle. We tagged on to the end of a tour group and we were enthralled as the guide told the history of Larnach Castle. Very interesting and hats of to the Barker famly for restoring a building which was almost... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I hadn't been here for nearly 20 years and it was lovely to see the restorative work that had taken place during this time. The grounds and gardens were beautiful. We will be back to have another look again soon.

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Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the castle. Fanastic gardens and a well presented castle with the most amazing views of the Peninsula. Even our teenage children were quite taken with the history of the place. The Barkers have done an incredible job restoring the castle. I can only imagine their childhood growing up there - truly unique

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Miranda, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quite nice but a bit ordinary and the tour only included downstairs. Too much talking by the guide about a family story and not enough time to see all of the "castle"

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Amazing location.. Grounds were beautifully kept. Lovely historic castle kept as close to it's time as possible. So many floors and rooms up kept to it's place in time. Gift shop and cafe on site. Photos of Larnach home and Family around castle. Could literally spend hours here. Can stay nearby. Castle also has dinner nights.

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