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Larnach Castle & Gardens
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour
Ranked #8 of 106 things to do in Dunedin
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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
Hobart, Australia
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Make the effort and visit”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

The day we toured was a bit grey but it did not spoil the magnificence of Larnach Castle and Gardens. This truly is a very special property. When you take the tour make sure you purchase the optional audio tour as the history recounted is very comprehensive. We also did the Devonshire tea with yummy scones jam and real cream.

Visited May 2014
Thank Paul W
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“larnach castle”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

A guided tour of the castle gives you an excellent insight into the lives of the well to do. They must have been hardy souls as the castle is not well heated. The best time to visit is from spring to early autumn as it is extremly cold in the winter and the gardens are not at their best. After the guided tour finish off your visit with a scummy devonshire tea. You have to book for the tour and tea.

Visited August 2013
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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“Fabulous slice of history....a must see”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I was so impressed with Larnach Castle, the restoration of this grand place is truly exceptional. We had brunch in the cafe and it was delicious, one of the better brunches we've had....the staff were so friendly and helpful. Definitely the best place to go if you want to see a fabulous castle with a very sad history.

Visited September 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Quite a colourful history this place has. Lots of info available; great cafe there & spectacular drive out along peninsula waterfront before going up the hillto the castle. Worth a visit - $28 not cheap I thought.

Visited May 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great Historic Experience”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Larnach's Castle & Gardens are a lovely outing - well worth the tripdown the peninsula.

The Castle has been lovingly restored and is an Edwardian showcase - the gardens are beautiful too.

Visited December 2013
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