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

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

Wildlife - Dunedin - Starting from $199.00 per person

See the highlights of Dunedin’s city center and Larnach Castle in the morning, then spend the afternoon immersed in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula. Visit the nesting grounds of the rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguin and northern royal albatross as you explore the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people allows for personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide. 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...

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

Ports of Call Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $225.00 per person

Start at Port Chalmers to experience the pure beauty of Dunedin on a fantastic tour of rich heritage, spectacular scenery. In addition you will  join a 90 minute return coastal train trip. You will experience memorable landscape of Otago Peninsula with amazing string of rugged beaches, bays. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the most breathtaking views. Your tour will include an entry to the garden of the only castle of New Zealand - Larnach castle. You will stop at the world's steepest... More...

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

Private Tour - Dunedin - Starting from $750.00 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 comfortable van. You will be very flexible and can spend any amount of time at all the stops.
There is an option fo a bigger group too.

Scenic drive through the city and on Otago Peninsula to view the most breathtaking views. You will enjoy a stop at Royal Albatross Centre (about 1 hour), the world's only mainland... 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...

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Seaton Retreat Bed And BreakfastSeaton Retreat Bed And Breakfast - Bed and Breakfast.

Situated in Portobello, Seaton Retreat Bed And Breakfast features a garden and free WiFi throughout the property....

Otago Peninsula package from Dunedin incl. Larnach Castle - full dayOtago Peninsula package from Dunedin incl. Larnach Castle - full day - Day Tour - Dunedin. Starting from NZ $275.00 per person.

A full day exploring the exciting and diverse wildlife that makes its home on the Otago Peninsula. Dramatic views and...

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