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Larnach Castle & Gardens, Dunedin

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Take in the 19th-century opulence and gorgeous gardens at Larnach Castle & Gardens, one of the largest mansions in New Zealand. Built in 1871 by politician and businessman William Larnach, the massive building has been gradually restored to its original splendor. Today, visitors can walk around the mansion to learn tales of scandalous history and to see sweeping views from the towers. The castle's sprawling grounds, named one of five Gardens of International Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust, include native and exotic plants and a number of specialized gardens, such as the Lost Rock Garden, the Serpentine Walk, and the Alice Lawn. Arrange to visit Larnach Castle & Gardens and other attractions in Dunedin using our Dunedin trip site.
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  • Larnach Castle is located only a short drive from the city centre of Dunedin. Its a pleasant and scenic drive. The castle was built by the prominent entrepreneur and politician, William Larnach... 
    Larnach Castle is located only a short drive from the city centre of Dunedin. Its a pleasant and scenic drive. The castle was built by the prominent entrepreneur and politician, William Larnach...  more »
  • We enjoyed exploring the castle at our own pace, learning more about the history, walking through the gardens, and partaking in a very tasty dinner. The kids’ scavenger hunt was a nice bonus to keep....  more
    We enjoyed exploring the castle at our own pace, learning more about the history, walking through the gardens, and partaking in a very tasty dinner. The kids’ scavenger hunt was a nice bonus to keep....  more »
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  • An interesting place to visit if you like old architecture and history. - Ticket price for the castle and garden for adults is 37$ , children 5-14 is 12$. - Ticket for family of 2 adults and 4 children (5-14) is 86$. - Garden only : adults $18.50, $5 for children (5-14). The castle is large with many rooms, each room has many antique items of different styles, they are well preserved. Up on the roof top of the castle you will have a beautiful view and cover the surrounding scenery. Garden in winter little flowers, good walk around. It's on the way to see penguins and albatross. Souvenir shop inside the castle right at the exit door with many interesting items.
  • We absolutely loved our stay at Larnach Castle. We would definitely stay again. Their staff are lovely, the room was great with a super comfy bed. Dinner in the castle was fabulous we loved meeting other travellers and the 4 course meal was divine. Breakfast in the ballroom was perfect too. As for the castle itself it's truly amazing so many details in every room, I could have spent much longer looking around and learning about the history of the castle. I highly recommend visiting and staying at Larnach Castle.

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