Timings : 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Time Required : 12-24 hours
Entry Fee : NZD 34
Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s precious and only castle is located in Dunedin, a city in North Island, New Zealand, has become one of the most eminent attractions in this country. Offering its visitors with a castle as well as lavish garden experience, this place has won a number of national as well as international honours. Only 20 minutes from central Dunedin, this place is perfect for weekend parties.
Larnach Castle is situated in the Otago Peninsula and is restored and well-maintained by the Barker Family. Not only does this place have an aesthetic value but also a historical one as the castle is over 148 years old is still open to the public on a daily basis.
Even though it is open to visitors throughout the year, it is better to not visit this place during the winter which restricts visitors from going out often.
Larnach Castle, a unique combination of specialised gardens is definitely one attraction to visit in order to rekindle the Victorian era in New Zealand and to have a rather royal experience, away from the regular modern life.
This castle was initially built by William James Mudie Larnach, a Scottish banker in the 1800s. When gold was found in the Otago Peninsula in the 1860s, Larnach was offered a position as the manager of Bank of Otago in Dunedin.
It is said that he and his son had gone horse riding till the top of the Otago Peninsula where the site for the castle was decided, ensuring that this castle has a panoramic view. Subsequently, 200 men were hired to build the shell of the castle and then a few chosen European craftsmen took 12 years to adorn the interior.
Unfortunately, after Larnach committed suicide in 1898 after a series of hardships, the castle became the source of many family rivalries, eventually leading it to be sold in 1907. The Barker family bought the Larnach Castle and it was soon opened to the public.
(These prices are valid until 30th September 2019)
Ground, Gardens and Castle access (self-guided):