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Larnach Castle Tours

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Larnach Castle
Built in the late-19th century by William Larnach, Larnach Castle is New Zealand’s only castle. It’s been beautifully refurbished and the grounds are carefully tended. The views across the hills and water of the Otago Peninsula are some of the best in the area. A trip to Larnach Castle is a great way to spend a day while visiting Dunedin.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.
Address: 145 Camp Road, Company Bay, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula

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delightful experience
Victoria_M
, Mar 2020
Delightful visit to this remarkable castle - gardens included - well laid out self guided tour - we enjoyed it thoroughly
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DON'T USE VIATOR TO VISIT THIS SITE
Raewyn D
, Jun 2019
It costs more to use VIator than the gate price. Viator wouldn't let me cancel and nor would they match the Best price guarantee they state they have. Be careful. I am very unhappy. The site itself is worth the visit.
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Excellent guide and presentation! A...
Misscat
, Apr 2018
Excellent guide and presentation! A pleasure to experience first hand.

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Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Larnach Castle & Gardens Admission Ticket

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Visit New Zealand’s only castle with admission to Larnach Castle & Gardens, where you’ll find beautiful antiques, manicured gardens, and gorgeous views across the Otago Peninsula. Learn the story of the castle’s founding family through recorded commentary on a personal headset, and pause to explore a collection of New Zealand native plants before entering the castle. Pre-booking your tickets to Larnach Castle & Gardens ensures a smooth visit, with the flexibility to see the castle and grounds at your own pace.
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The Castle Cruiser - Dunedin's only locally owned daily trip to Larnach CastleHalf-day Tours

The Castle Cruiser - Dunedin's only locally owned daily trip to Larnach Castle

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Sitting on the top of the Otago Peninsula, Lanarch Castle is a popular Dunedin curiosity. When you visit, don’t just pop in and out as part of a large tour group – on this small-group tour to the Castle, spend over two hours exploring the historic central building and its nationally-recognized gardens. Learn about the Castle’s rich history from your guide, and with only a handful of people in your group, get answers to all your questions without any risk of being ignored.
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  • 4 hours
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Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's BreweryPorts of Call Tours

Full-Day Dunedin Tour with Larnach Castle & Gardens, Speight's Brewery

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Explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula on a full-day shore excursion that includes Larnach Castle & Gardens and Speight’s Brewery, two of the region’s top destinations. With an experienced guide to lead the way, you’ll discover the fascinating city of Dunedin, step back in time at New Zealand’s only castle, then visit a historic working brewery with deep southern roots. This 6.5-hour tour includes all entrance fees and guided tours, as well as pickup and drop-off at Port Chalmers.
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Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle VisitFull-day Tours

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Optional Larnach Castle Visit

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Dunedin is a city full of culture and history and also conveniently close to wildlife reserves and unspoilt nature. See both sides of the city in one day on this small-group tour. Take in the central sights, such as the Railway Station and the steepest street in the world, Baldwin Street. Stroll through the manicured gardens of Larnach Castle on the way to the Otago Peninsula, home to albatross, seals, penguins, and sea lions.
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Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle TourHalf-day Tours

Wildlife Cruise & Larnach Castle Tour

An unrivalled tour package! Visit the stunning Larnach Castle, travel the beautiful roads of the Otago Peninsula and join special Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy a 90 minute tour of Larnach Castle and it's beautiful grounds. Hear the scandalous story of early settler William Larnach and his family. Explore the beautifully restored castle, with it's original antique furniture and impressive craftsmanship throughout. Time is allowed for exploring the gardens or a quick snack from the ballroom cafe. You'll then continue along the Otago Peninsula and your guide will give an interactive commentary along the way. Hop aboard a Wildlife Cruise out through the entrance to the Otago Harbour. Enjoy close viewing of fur seals, royal albatross and other seabirds. Sometimes we spot sea lions, blue penguins & dusky or hectors dolphins.
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Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

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Combine top Dunedin experiences into a single day of sightseeing on a Port Chalmers shore excursion that includes a city tour, Larnach Castle Garden, and a 90-minute ride on a coastal train through the scenic Otago Peninsula. A flexible mix of guided and independent activities gives you the best of both worlds: you’ll get a fascinating, guided introduction to Dunedin highlights, but enjoy the freedom to explore on your own.
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Peer at rare yellow-eyed penguins and visit nesting grounds of the northern royal albatross during a full-day tour of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin. Spend your morning sightseeing in Dunedin’s city center, including highlights of the Octagon, followed by a visit to the gardens of Larnach Castle, with the option to go inside and buy lunch. In the afternoon, immerse in the natural beauty of the Otago Peninsula and the scenic coast along Taiaroa Head. Numbers are limited to 19 people to allow for personalized attention from your informative guide.
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Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

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Join a small group for a full-day tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. During the city tour, see landmarks such as the University of Otago, Baldwin Street, and Scottish heritage sites. Next explore the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Sandfly Bay, Tunnel Beach, and historic Larnach Castle. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Dunedin or the port.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Travel with a small group to explore the city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy an intimate atmosphere with your fellow travelers as you hit all the highlights, such as Larnach Castle, Penguin Place, the Octagon, the Dunedin Rail Station, the University of Otago, and more. Along the way, listen to engaging commentary from your guide and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Travel from Port Chalmers or Dunedin on a privately guided tour that introduces you to city attractions as well as points of interest on the Otago Peninsula. With a flexible itinerary you can spend as much time as you like at each site, including a stop at the Royal Albatross Centre. Drive past Baldwin Street, Signal Hill, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station, and more.
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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Half-Day Wildlife and Larnach Castle TourNature and Wildlife

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Larnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle! Top attraction Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula The Castle's Garden has received numerous national Awards Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, Have a look around the lovingly restored Larnach Castle that dates back to 1871,
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Dunedin Onshore Cruise Group Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, explore the cultural and natural landmarks of the city and Otago Peninsula on a small-group shore excursion. Customize your itinerary with popular options like Baldwin Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Olveston House, Larnach Castle, and Koekohe Beach. Your guide can tailor the tour to suit your group’s interests, whether you want to spend more time in the countryside or city.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Shore Excursion: Showcase Of Dunedin NzPorts of Call Tours

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A SPECIAL SHOWCASE OF DUNEDIN HIGHLIGHTS IS CREATED FOR YOUR TIME ONSHORE Dunedin is famous for New Zealand’s finest heritage and cultural icons, spectacular breath-taking ocean and mountain views, beautiful gardens and city cafes. New Zealand’s amazing hot spots in Dunedin and surrounds provides you with a variety of options that can be made to a custom style day of memories. The itinerary for you is designed with plenty of allowance for your ship's arrival and departure times.  A comfortable vehicle is provided for up to eleven people. 
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Otago Peninsula's remote and craggy coastline driving audio tourNature and Wildlife

Otago Peninsula's remote and craggy coastline driving audio tour

Tour the inner route of the Otago Peninsula. Pass through the small communities of Macandrew Bay, Pukehiki and Waverley. Visit Sandfly Bay and view some of the Peninsula's Wildlife. Wind your way along this craggy and beautiful coast. Along the way, you'll take in old castles, isolated and windswept beaches, breathtaking views, and sleepy seaside towns. You might even cross paths with a penguin. The Otago peninsula is singular in its evocation of the raw beauty of nature. Come along and see for yourself. Places to stop along the way include the Glenfalloch Gardens, Macandrew Bay, Larnach Castle, Sandfly Bay, Highcliff Road Viewing Point, Rotary Park and Waverley. Keep in mind, there is an entrance fee to Larnach Castle. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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PRIVATE TOUR: Iconic Larnach Castle TourHalf-day Tours

PRIVATE TOUR: Iconic Larnach Castle Tour

Enjoy your own personalized private tour of Larnach Castle and Dunedin City with us. This is a 6 hour fully guided tour that lets you explore Dunedin and Larnach Castle at a leisurely pace. Included is a guided tour of Larnach Castle's unique interior and gardens. 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 offers spectacular views from the Otago Peninsula with a lookout stop along the way. Upon arrival at Larnach Castle, your table will be reserved for lunch at the Ballroom cafe (lunch is own cost). After lunch you will embark on a fully guided tour inside the Castle. Then your guide will also take you through the award winning gardens offering fantastic views over the Otago Harbour. Instead take a garden guide map and explore the gardens on your own during some free time before we depart.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I book Larnach Castle tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Larnach Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 17 Larnach Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Larnach Castle 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Larnach Castle costs USD 22.83. Guided Larnach Castle tours start around USD 22.83 per person. See all 17 Larnach Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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