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Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

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434 Reviews
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

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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
$146.10 per adult
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

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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.
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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!
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Great trip shame about the weather.
Campbell_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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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!!
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Great tour!
Frederick_M, Mar 2020
Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit
Daniel was a great guide and we enjoyed every minute of this absolutely fantastic tour! There was plenty of time at each stop to get pictures and enjoy the experience!
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Great tour
Rudelle_B, Mar 2020
Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Tour, Coastal Train and Castle Garden
Asta was absolutely wonderful. She gave us great insight into Dunedin and catered to our every need. She was prompt and extremely personable and pleasant. You will not be disappointed to take this tour with her.
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Nice Dunedin tour
Maria, Mar 2020
Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery
The tour was good and you had time to explore the gardens and eat lunch at the restaurant. This was a pleasant tour and the gardens and view from the top of the castle is beautiful!
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delightful experience
Victoria_M, Mar 2020
Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket
Delightful visit to this remarkable castle - gardens included - well laid out self guided tour - we enjoyed it thoroughly
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Great day in Dunedin
Kristine_R, Mar 2020
Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery
Great tour. Interesting history shared by knowledgeable guides. The brewery tour was fun, learned a lot about beer making and enjoyed the beer tasting! Wish we could buy Speights beer in the US!

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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