Discover Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only Castle. Experience the beautiful grounds and explore the historic house. Find out how to get to Larnach Castle.
Larnach Castle and the formal garden in front of the restaurant

Larnach Castle

Built between 1871 and 1886 for local businessman and politician William Larnach, this unique manor house could only be found in Dunedin. The house's Scottish Baronial style is juxtaposed with large ornate verandahs skirting its stone walls, a very colonial touch. Bought by the Barker family in 1967, the homestead and its surrounding gardens have been lovingly restored and opened to the public. Its striking peninsula location, beautiful architecture and famous gardens make Larnach Castle one of Dunedin's premiere attractions.


Carvings at the front door of Larnach Castle

The Castle

Sometimes known as Larnach's Castle, construction began in 1871 and took three years and over 200 workmen to complete. The interior was crafted by masters from Europe, who spent 12 years carving and embellishing its 43 rooms with the finest materials from around the world; Italian marble, glass from Venice and France, Welsh slate for the roof, and floor tiles from England. The house was finished with richly coloured native New Zealand woods, and is today the house is decorated with a large collection of antique New Zealand furniture.


Larnach Castle Grounds

The Gardens

The gardens are the creation of owner Margaret Barker, a collection of eight theme gardens ranging from primitive native rainforest to period-style formal gardens that showcase both native and exotic plants. The South Seas Garden, planted with some of New Zealand's most unique fauna from its coasts and off-shore Islands, has spectacular views over the Otago Peninsula and across the Harbour; from Port Chalmers all the way out to Taiaroa Head. The various gardens come into their own in different seasons, so there's something new to discover all year round.



Fern and Verandah Summer flowers at Larnach Castle South Seas Garden view over the Otago Peninsula

How to get to Larnach Castle

Many tours around the Otago Peninsula include a visit to Larnach Castle. Both guided and self-guided tours are also available, with admission on entry. Below are directions to get to Larnach Castle from Dunedin’s city centre, The Octagon:




Featured Larnach Castle Tours & Activities

Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket

Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket

Castle - Dunedin - Starting from $34.00 per person

Visit New Zealand’s only Castle, situated on the dramatic Otago Peninsula and only a 20 minute drive from Dunedin. Learn about the colonial history and stories of William Larnach - entrepreneur and politician, plus ongoing restoration by the Barker family. Experience the finest Victorian craftsmanship, the excellent collection of New Zealand antiques and unparalleled views of the Otago Peninsula. Walk in the gardens rated a garden of International significance by NZGT. Take refreshment in the... More...

Small Group Larnach Castle Tour

Small Group Larnach Castle Tour

Historic - Dunedin - Starting from $145.00 per person

Enjoy a personalized small group tour of Larnach Castle and Dunedin City. This is a 6 to 7 hour fully guided tour that lets you explore Dunedin and Larnach Castle at a leisurely pace. Included is a fully guided tour of Larnach Castle's unique interior. Light refreshments and chilled water are included.
The tour takes in many interesting buildings and landmarks in Dunedin city such as the Larnach family tomb, the old University and all the main city attractions. The drive to Larnach Castle... More...

Half day Private Tour of Dunedin City Highlights and Peninsula Scenery

Half day Private Tour of Dunedin City Highlights and Peninsula Scenery

Private Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $500.00 per person

Enjoy Dunedin on a private tour, tailored just for your group of up to 6 passengers. A knowledgeable driver - guide will show you the best spots in Dunedin in a private vehicle. You will be very flexible to spend any amount of time at all the stops.
Scenic drive from Port Chalmers through the countryside road to the city. Suggested stops are: Baldwin Street, Signal Hill Lookout Point, upper Botanic Garden with bird aviaries, Otago University, Octagon, First Church, Dunedin Railway station,... More...

Dunedin Shore Excursion - Sightseeing, Larnach Castle, Chinese Garden & Museum

Dunedin Shore Excursion - Sightseeing, Larnach Castle, Chinese Garden & Museum

Castle - Christchurch - Starting from $135.00 per person

An unique opportunity to experience the very best Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula has to offer. This tour combines sightseeing of Dunedin City and the Otago Peninsula with a guided tour of Larnach Castle and its grounds. Also included are Dunedin’s Chinese Gardens and the Otago Early Settlers Museum. More...

Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Train and Otago Peninsula Scenery & Castle Garden

Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Train and Otago Peninsula Scenery & Castle Garden

Castle - Dunedin - Starting from $250.00 per person

Enjoy breathtaking scenery of Dunedin, Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge and the garden of the only New Zealand's castle on a 7 hour tour departing from Port Chalmers.
With amazing views guaranteed, this tour includes a 4 hour return train trip to Taieri Gorge. Enjoy a scenic transfer from Port Chalmers to Dunedin Railway station, a spectacular 19th-century Renaissance revival style train station. From here you will climb aboard the Taieri Gorge train, which travels through ten tunnels and over... More...

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Dunedin City Highlights, Castle Gardens & Wildlife Cruise TourDunedin City Highlights, Castle Gardens & Wildlife Cruise Tour - Castle - Dunedin. Starting from $245.00 per person.

Start at Port Chalmers to experience the pure beauty of Dunedin on a fantastic tour of rich heritage, spectacular...

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