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Larnach Castle & Gardens
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Admission Ticket to New Zealand's only Castle: Larnach Castle
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Owner description: 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
Brisbane. Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2012

I firstr visited the Castle in 1975 when they opened the ballroom only for dinners. It was lovely to see it again and the amount of work the owner has done to restore this beautifull building.

Visited January 2012
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“This is not a real castle!”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

If you are travelling from the UK, you will be disappointed because we have real castles and this is not in the same league. it's a relatively modern building. If you visit to look at an interesting house and the gardens, then you will probably be reasonably happy once you have recovered from the extortionate entry fee. It was pelting down with rain when we went so we could only look at the house but they didn't offer any reduction. I wouldn't bother to go again.

Visited March 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 April 2012

go there on a sunny day to see a spectacular view. Nice walk through British-styled garden. A cup of coffee in a fire house place

Visited March 2012
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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“more sightseeing”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

found the pricing to be expensive, with even a charge to go thru the gate to see the grounds, however we paid for the grounds and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been some years since I went last, lucky to have fine weather for the mag, views

Visited March 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Not a castle but a cottage”
Reviewed 6 April 2012

This place is definitely not called a castle. However after full restoration and well maintained garden made this worth a visit. We got a great deal from grabone which offer a ticket combination with high tea set for less than a normal entry price. Otherwise, the ticket is too pricey.

Visited May 2011
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