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Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

145 Camp Road, Company Bay, Dunedin, 9077

The Basics

Larnach Castle is actually a mock castle, as it was a home rather than a fortified battlement. No expense was spared during its construction and the Barker family who have owned it since the 1960s have restored it beautifully, adding antiques and period furniture. Enjoy touring the interior, have tea or lunch in the beautiful Ballroom Cafe, visit the plant nursery, and stroll the 35-acre grounds. You can even stay overnight on the grounds.

Tour independently with prebooked admission tickets or take part in a small-group guided tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula that also visits the castle. Additionally, some tours combine a visit to Larnach Castle with a wildlife excursion or a visit to Speight’s brewery.

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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
$142.01 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Penguin Reserve and albatross sighting - it flew directly overhead several times.
Our group of 4 from Canada was thrilled with our tour. Pickup and drop-off from the cruise terminal was seamless. Our guide Glen was outstanding!! He was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and thoughtful as a result the entire day was amazing. The choice of venues was just what we wanted and time spent at each venue was appropriate. We would not hesitate to use your company if we should ever have the opportunity to revisit New Zealand. Thank You.
Rhonda_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

star-5
Very Enjoyable Tour
Welch, Mar 2020
Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights with Larnach Castle
Ross was a very informative and helpful guide. The tour was very enjoyable and not rushed. All stops were well planned. The railway station and Larnach castle are must-sees.
star-5
Best of Dunedin
William_T, Feb 2020
Iconic Shore Excursion: Small Group Larnach Castle Tour
Kim provided so much interesting history about Dunedin and Larnach Castle. He was also very personable and professional!
star-5
Incredible Larnach Castle
John_S, Mar 2020
Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights with Larnach Castle
This was a great tour - the best way to see Dunedin and the Castle. We stopped for photo opportunities at the viewing points, had 30 minutes to check out the cathedral and souvenir hunt at the Octagon, and ample time to enjoy the superb Larnach Castle. Ross our guide was polite, amusing and informative. Couldn’t have spent a better day in Dunedin.
star-5
Dunedin spectacular
Dianne_L, Mar 2019
Dunedin Shore Excursion - Sightseeing, Larnach Castle, Chinese Garden & Museum
Breathtaking scenery, historical story with tour of Larnach Castle made it a very pleasurable interactive tour. Thoroughly enjoyed all attractions . Would recommend this tour ***** Bus driver was great.
star-5
Fun trip
Scott_F, Apr 2021
Castle to Cruise Tour
Tour was great,tour guides were all fantastic.Boat trip was good,great knowledge of wildlife. Guides to the castle were just the same as well,very accommodating.
star-4
Great trip shame about the weather.
Denise_P, Nov 2020
Castle to Cruise Tour
Our Driver was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the local area no way to castle. His knowledge of the castle and the occupants was very extensive. Most enjoyable visit. Then weather turned to the worse. Big winds and even bigger seas. Cruise was (rightly) cancelled by company and partial refund promptly offered and paid (refund arrived before back at motel). Would go again. Reason 4 and not 5 star was the weather.
star-4
Nice visit
Murray-family_6, Nov 2020
Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
Nice day out for our family. Enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the historic displays as well. Most staff were pleasant and engaged with visitors
star-5
Great and highly recommended private tour!
Terri_M, Oct 2020
Private Iconic Larnach Castle Tour
This trip is highly recommended! Thumbs up to our tour guide, Alan for doing a great job! He delighted me and my husband with stories about the history of Dunedin, William Larnach and everything about the places we've been to. We learned a lot and had a really great time.
star-4
Dunedin and Larnach Castle
Anna_D, Apr 2020
Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights with Larnach Castle
Our guide picked us up on time and commented throughout the drive to the castle as well as the Dunedin highlights tour. We would have loved to have had him accompany the group into the castle and grounds but he indicated that was not permitted. It was a little confusing at first to figure out where to begin so as not to miss any of the castle or grounds. The scones served in the castle cafe with jam and Devonshire cream were superb...right from the oven. A wonderful way to complete the visit.
star-5
Great tour with a very good guide
paul_e, Apr 2020
Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Tour, Coastal Train and Castle Garden
Great tour with very good guide. We were on a cruise trip so time was tight but we managed to see some great sights in the time we had
star-4
Dunedin Cruise Excursion
Linda_H, Mar 2020
Shore Excursion: Dunedin Highlights with Larnach Castle
We were very happy with our small group tour of Dunedin. We felt this tour covered the major sites in Dunedin. The tour guide was informative and friendly.
star-5
Wildlife and fabulous views!
Dave, Mar 2020
Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
Our guide Ben was fantastic and his enthusiasm about the area and the wildlife was contagious. We were able to see many penguins, seals and even some albatross. The van was very comfortable and the views were amazing!! I highly recommend this tour!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • High tea is served daily in the Ballroom Cafe; bookings should be made in advance.

  • The castle gardens have been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance, so don’t fail to check them out.

  • The castle itself is a private residence, but visitors can stay at accommodations on the grounds, from 4-star Larnach Lodge to more budget options at the Stable Stay.

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How to Get There

Larnach Castle is located about 20 minutes from Dunedin city by car, on the Otago Peninsula. It’s not very convenient to get there by bus, so it’s better to go on a private or group tour from Dunedin or Port Chalmers (for cruise ship passengers).

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When to Get There

While you can join a Larnach Castle tour year-round (it's open daily 365 days a year), Dunedin and its surrounding areas are best visited in the summer (December–February). The temperatures are pleasant, the daylight hours are long, and the greenery and flowers add to the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the castle grounds.

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Events at Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle hosts a number of exciting events throughout the year, suited to a range of interests. These include winter evening dinners, ghost story nights, an annual winter ball, and a teddy bears’ picnic during school holidays. Check their calendar before planning a visit.

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