Larnach Castle And Gardens, Dunedin

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: 145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula 9077, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +64-34761616
  • Ticket Price: 29 NZD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Larnach Castle And Gardens, Dunedin

Built in the year 1871 by William Larnach (merchant and politician) for his beloved first wife Eliza, the Larnach Castle is New Zealand’s only castle. A majestic and magnificent piece of architecture, it took more than 200 workmen three years to build the Castle shell. Another 12 years were required to complete the beautiful interiors of the castle. William Larnach’s dream home features the finest materials from around the world.

While visiting the castle, do explore the surrounding garden as well. The Larnach Castle Garden has been a labour of love for Margaret Barker. She, along with her late husband, purchased the neglected castle and the 35 acres property in the year 1967. The garden has been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a ‘Garden of International Significance’.

Larnach Castle And Gardens Information

  • Some places in the castle are not wheelchair accessible.

Larnach Castle And Gardens Opening and Closing Hours

  • Last admission to the Castle is at 5 p.m.

How To reach Larnach Castle And Gardens by Public Transport

  • Hiring a taxi or renting a car is recommended.
  • Many tour operators in Dunedin include Larnach Castle in their itineraries.

Restaurants Near Larnach Castle And Gardens

  • Ballroom Cafe

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Larnach Castle And Gardens, Dunedin Reviews

  • Great grounds and gardens which, if into plants, you can spend a lot of time walking through. If you're a gardener you'll be due to get a few ideas. Nice to see a range of native plantings as well as the more 'traditional' English varieties. The Castle is a great choice for a morning trip if you're staying in Dunedin. Good ginger slice in the cafe, too.

  • Great source of information about the times preceding n succeeding the Great Depression of 1880s. Its not exactly a castle in conventional sense but a huge mansion built by William Larnach over a period of 4 years 1871 -1875. The interiors have a distinct influence of Gothic, Roman , Scottish n Buddhist architecture. The wood carved ceilings are awesome !! Considering the resource crunch those days and the poor ways of transportation n communication, this place is no less than any piece of monument !

  • Surprisingly excellent! Wasn't sure what to expect, but the castle was great and the gardens nice too. Worth going to the top of the tower for the view. Restaurant had nice food as well as being in a lovely setting.

  • At first I wasn't sure about the $30 price of admission but once we were on the grounds we knew it was worth it. The castle is just gorgeous and kept in immaculate condition. Every room begs you to take your time soaking in the small details and the sheer amount of work gone into restoration. Once outside, the gardens are amazing, full of winding paths, hedgerows, and thousands of flowers. Be sure to go early to avoid the tour bus crowds

  • Oh my gosh this place is lovely. Gorgeous views, very well kept gardens. Lovely little gift shop. Around $30 per person to visit the castle and gardens. We stayed and so the tour with audio guide is all free. The lodge has lovely fittings and fixtures (copper, brass, nice tapestry and carpentry work). The bathroom overlooks the water and is simply stunning, as is the traditional lovely high bed. The buffet breakfast is filled with a great assortment of dairy and gluten free options too. Prices for the lodge are around $350-450 per night. Would recommend to those visiting the area.

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