Larnach Castle And Gardens, Dunedin

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Larnach Castle And Gardens, Dunedin - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula 9077, Dunedin

Phone: +64-34761616

Ticket Price: 29 NZD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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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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  • Originally coming from the UK, I would not call this a castle myself. It's more like a Country House. Still it is worth a visit, the grounds and gardens are certainly worth wandering around. It's a shame it rained on our visit, which cut the wandering short. There is a nod to Alice in Wonderland in several spots, if you notice them. It was nice walking round the house and reading about the family history and it's tragedies that occurred. Great views of the gardens and surrounding area once you climb the narrow twisting staircase to the top of the tower. We were disappointed that we did not encounter any of the haunting that happens here, not even an orb. The highlight for us was the wonderful High Tea, staff were friendly, and informative. Shame about the weather, good excuse to return.

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  • Stunning views, a heritage garden that is one of the best in the Southern hemisphere and a restored castle that has been a labour of love for the Barker family for over 50 years. Wonderful events, weddings, balls, conferences in the historic ballroom.

  • An interesting place. Much restoration has been completed. Gardens were good.

  • We opted for the budget stable stay rather than the posher (but far more expensive) estate or lodge rooms, all at the lavish manor-cum-castle on the Dunedin peninsular. Pros: • Extremely attentive and friendly staff • Great wi-fi • Comfortable mattress and pillows • Breakfast included, and a sumptuous one at that • Access to the castle and gardens. It was too foggy for us to enjoy the gardens, but the castle and the displays explaining its history were outstanding • We dined at the castle restaurant. It was a hosted dinner-for-six, three courses, great food, convivial atmosphere Cons: • Being a converted stable, it had low ceilings in parts of the room; we both cracked our heads on the rafter beams at least once each • No kitchen, toilet, or shower in the room; it’s all communal. The shower facilities were very basic; they didn’t even have a shelf. The water pressure was good though • Curtains didn’t close together on the main window, and the small knee-high window by the floor didn’t have a curtain at all. It wasn’t a major privacy issue since the main window looked directly on a turret wall, but if we wanted to sleep in it may have let in too much light in the morning

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  • Not particularly a castle but the closest thing you'll get to one in NZ. The castle and the grounds are beautiful, staff are lovely and the whole place is kept in great condition.

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