Larnach Castle Lodge
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Larnach Castle Lodge

The table laid in the castle dining room for dinner (just 3 of us!)
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Bathroom in room 20 - with heated floor
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The Stables breakfast room - with horse!!
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4.5
#13 of 56 hotels in Dunedin
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Larnach Lodge Is a unique recreation of a colonial farm building set in 35 acres of award winning Castle Garden. Rooms are individually decorated in a colonial style and all have private facilities. Every room has a dramatic sea view. Lodge guests are invited to dine in a Castle dining room. Bookings must be made by 5pm. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in the historic Stables. Complementary entry to Larnach Castle is also part of the package. Larnach Lodge is a 20 minute drive from the City of Dunedin and 20 minutes from the famous wildlife attractions on the Otago Peninsula.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Highchairs available
Gift shop
Newspaper
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Classic
Languages Spoken
English

Location

145 Camp Road, Dunedin 9054 New Zealand
882Reviews3Q+A100Room tips

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buckeyetravel wrote a review Jan 2020
Ohio
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here two nights while exploring the Otago Peninsula. The castle is in a great location as you can enjoy the grounds and the castle as part of your lodging at no extra cost and you are there before it gets busy. In addition, your drive to various points on the peninsula is shorter than staying in Dunedin and the views are definitely way better at the Castle. The breakfast each morning was included but it was just ok. The service was slow and the food was just average. We did not do the dinner as we did not see anything on the menu we liked. However, not eating dinner at the castle leaves you with limited options if you dont want to drive over to Dunedin. We chose to drive over to Dunedin and that was a good choice as there are a lot of dinner options in town. The rooms in the castle are moderate in size but they are clean and have a decent sized bathroom. The view out the window of our room was great as you could see the bay, Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. The grounds are well kept with all kinds of plants, trees and flowers so they are lovely to just walk around and see the many birds attracted to the cover. We saw a lot of Tui and other birds in the gardens. From the castle you can take drives to the penguins, albatross and sea lion colonies that call the peninsula home. Just keep in mind that lunch options are limited and some places that do serve lunch are not open every day so check before you head out. We ended up eating at the Albatross center as there was nothing else open that day on the drive over.
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Date of stay: November 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: second floor and ocean view are the best and recommended rooms
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Response from LarnachCastle, Marketing Support at Larnach Castle Lodge
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing your stay at Larnach Lodge. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Larnach and the surrounding Otago Peninsula. The restoration of Larnach Castle would not be possible without the support of guests such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
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Darren C wrote a review Feb 2020
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the best accommodation stays in our holiday history. The rooms are clean, spacious and have old world charm. With a delicious cooked breakfast included in the price you can't go wrong. The staff were very helpful, friendly and polite. Nothing more can be said other than don't miss the opportunity to stay at Lanarch Castle Lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle Lodge
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing your stay at Larnach Lodge. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! The restoration of Larnach Castle would not be possible without the support of guests such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
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AliM wrote a review Jan 2020
Stone Mountain, United States
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at Larnach Castle for one night during a recent tour of New Zealand. We checked in much later than expected, but thanks to the kindness and exceptional customer service displayed by the manager, Peter, we were still able to tour the castle and grounds. Our room in the Lodge was very comfortable with all the amenities we could have possibly needed for our stay, and the breakfast (which was included with our room) exceeded all expectations. The room was pricey, but it was well worth it. I only wish we could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We did have trouble connecting to wifi in our room, so that may need some attention.
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Response from LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle Lodge
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing your stay at Larnach Lodge. We are happy to hear Peter and our other staff took great care of you during your stay. The restoration of Larnach Castle would not be possible without the support of guests such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
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lalyas wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a place to stay with is different to other standard hotels l believe this place will not disappoint. Right from the time you
drive through the front gate you are looked after in terms of hospitability, food and entertainment.
Your stay includes complimentary access to the castle and all areas of the garden.
Dinner in the evening was great with an opportunity to catch up with other guests.
Breakfast was also very delcious and big.
Strongly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elliot Thompson, Other at Larnach Castle Lodge
Responded 8 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for leaving a review of your stay at Larnach Lodge. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! The restoration of Larnach Castle is possible to the support of guests like you. Best Wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
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Stephen_JF69 wrote a review Jan 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for a couple of nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was very clean and tidy, we really like the decor taking into account the connection with the castle. The views from the room were stunning and had a really big balcony. Breakfast is in an old converted stable, which was really nice and you can have dinner in the castle, which we did on the second night. Depending on how many guests they have wanting dinner they have a couple of rooms to use. The food was very nice and you get to meet other guest, as they place you all on one table. It’s a great way to meet new people. The waiter at the end of the meal gave us a brief history of the castle. As part of your stay, they provide you with free access to the castle. It is a drive out of Dunedin on some windy roads but for me this place to stay in Dunedin and would certainly go back.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from LarnachCastle, Marketing Assistant at Larnach Castle Lodge
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing your stay at Larnach Lodge. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! The restoration of Larnach Castle would not be possible without the support of guests such as you. Best wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
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AliNel01 wrote a review May 2021
Nelson, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Larnach Castle Lodge for one night in the lovely 'Sea' room with restful blue surroundings, two windows with spectacular views over the harbour. Trish made sure we were settled in and left us to walk around the gardens before dark. We had the set dinner in the castle, two tables of ten, white linen and candles, pleasant company and a good meal. Trish did double duty (the castle suffering from a staff shortage after Covid) but her between-courses history of the castle, Larnach, the Barkers, was well done. Our package included an excellent cooked and continental breakfast in the stables, and entry to the castle next day (another helpful staff member doing double duty for check-out and day visitor management). We'd toured before but still spent at least 90 minutes in this beautiful place. Congratulations, and best of luck for a swift recovery when NZ is up and running again.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Corner 'Sea' room had great views.
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Shandster007 wrote a review Mar 2021
Ruakaka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The mist surrounding the castle gave it an eerie feel that intrigued us as we drove up.
We were warmly greeted and shown our room. The view I am sure would have been spectacular if not for the mist. The room was warm and cosy. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of hot water. I appreciated the Asley & Co shower, hair, and moisturizing products in the bathroom. Heated tiles in bathroom ensured warm feet.
Reading the information boards and walking around inside of the Castle certainly helps you appreciate the history of the castle and the passion required to take on the huge task of renovating it.
Due to Level 2 everyone was seated for dinner at individual tables for each ‘bubble’. The four- course meal with a complimentary drink was enjoyable and the food was very tasty.
The walk back from the Ballroom where we had dinner to our room was fun as the trees, path and lights took on a mysterious sight with even thicker mist or sea fog swirling around.
We got up early to have breakfast with the hope that the mist had gone so we could have a wander around the gardens but unfortunately it was still there. When we checked out at the gift shop, we found some post cards that showed the view with clear skies. They looked great but I preferred the mist.
The staff were all friendly and helpful even when the EFTPS machine decided to ‘go on strike’
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Janine_CP wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The title says it all.

Lovely well appointed room, not huge but big enough. Wonderful view.

Everyone was so nice, Peter was so welcoming. Breakfast in the stables was generous, delicious and was served in an interesting location.

Castle access was included in the price as was Breakfast which when you think about it made the accommodation cost for such a unique place reasonable.

After hours - seeing the castle lit up was beautiful.

We choose not to eat dinner in the castle dining room purely because we don't like chefs choice approach to menus, preferring to drive to town for some Italian at Etrusco, which worked well for us.

Would we stay again - in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vodkamartiniplease wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at LC Stables for the night and the experience was superb. The accommodation is quaint and historic and makes you feel like you were a stable hand back in the day. The dinner was amazing, with the unique dining experience taking part inside the castle. We dined in the Music room and sat at a large table so got to interact and meet other guests. The four courses were huge and so good. Tuna Nicoise salad to start, Pork Belly Entree, Lamb cutlets as a main and an amazing dark chocolate fondant to finish. Left with a belly full and some new friends. My wife twisted her ankle the day before (not at LC) and was unable to make it to the castle for dinner so the staff ran all four courses to her room and made sure she was included and did not miss out. Exceptional staff and experience. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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lolablack2 wrote a review Feb 2020
Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible location on Otago Peninsula with breathtaking 360degree views. Rooms and en-suites are extremely high standard, breakfasts excellent with great choices - and then there's the castle, which is truly fit for a king. Don't miss out on the evening banquet when you can dine with fellow guests in the music room and then have a privileged late-night tour around this incredible property. A right royal treat!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Elliot Thompson, Other at Larnach Castle Lodge
Responded 8 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for leaving a review of your stay at Larnach Lodge. The restoration of Larnach Castle is possible to the support of guests like you. Best Wishes, Elliot - Larnach Castle
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Answer from LarnachCastle
Dunedin, New Zealand14 contributions
Hi there, Larnach Castle does not offer a shuttle from the airport to the Castle. However, you can book transport with a local shuttle or taxi company. Shuttle prices between the airport and Dunedin are relatively cheap. We do apologise for this inconvenience and any disappointment. Kind regards, Reid | Marketing Support | Larnach Castle
Answer from LarnachCastle
Dunedin, New Zealand14 contributions
Hi Victoria, Larnach Castle offers the unique option of dining in the Castle for all accommodation guests. We also have a Ballroom Cafe on site open between 9:30am and 4:00pm. You can find information on both of these things on the website under "Accommodation" > "Dinner in the Castle". Kind regards, Reid | Marketing Support | Larnach Castle
LisaM1104 asked a question Feb 2016
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia29 contributions7 helpful votes
Just wondering...do any of the lodge rooms feature a bath tub in the ensuite? Thanks, Lisa.
Roundy wrote a tip Apr 2024
Horsham, United Kingdom3,129 contributions516 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 20 honeymoon suite with views from 2 sides up the peninsula, if you can get it!"
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Roy&Pat wrote a tip Mar 2024
Norfolk, United Kingdom93 contributions65 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Follow the Nature Trail around the garden"
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Kalisis6 wrote a tip Feb 2024
Brussels, Belgium183 contributions78 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beware of the grumpy lady Do not take the evening meal at the mansion"
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KT from Ohio wrote a tip Dec 2023
Shaker Heights, United States14 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rustic but charming - a unique experience. Good breakfast but not much food after 5 pm. This is a 10-15 minute drive into Dunedin. +Laundry."
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Lisa Beard wrote a tip Jun 2023
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Recommend the lodge accommodation very comfortable and roomy"
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PRICE RANGE
£70 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Larnach Castle Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Larnach Castle Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Signal Hill (4.1 miles), Larnach Castle & Gardens (0.01 miles), and Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Larnach Castle Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Carey's Bay Historic Hotel, Glenfalloch Gardens Cafe and Restaurant, and 1908 Restaurant.
Are any cleaning services offered at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Larnach Castle Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Larnach Castle Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iona Church (3.2 miles), Northern Cemetery (5.0 miles), and Lime Kilns (0.9 miles).
Does Larnach Castle Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Larnach Castle Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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