Visit New Zealand’s Only Castle!

If you’re looking a unique day out in New Zealand, then this attraction in Dunedin has definitely got you covered… Head to New Zealand’s first ever castle, Larnach Castle and Gardens located in the picturesque Otago peninsula to explore 125 years of historical design, spectacular vistas and beautiful seasonal displays of flowers.

Are there any castles in New Zealand?

Before the opening of Riverstone Castle in Oamaru in 2019, Larnach castle in Dunedin was New Zealand's only castle. Only a 15 minute drive out from the city, this popular visitor attraction combines a striking castle and spectacular, lush-green gardens.

Overlooking the South Pacific to one side and Dunedin to the other, Larnach Castle is a must-do experience for any trip to Dunedin – discover a rich history dating back to 1871 in the lovingly restored castle grounds and award winning gardens. Explore the castle interior to uncover the fascinating history of the Larnach family, filled with drama, tragedy and even some ghost stories to get you spooked! Find a fantastic collection of vintage furniture, incredibly designed rooms built for 12 years by world-renowned European craftsmen and striking artwork. Ascend the spire tower for truly amazing views of Dunedin and the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific.

Check out their unique collection of specialised gardens, from the mysterious Lost Rock Garden to the Serpentine walk, the tropical plants of the Rainforest garden to the colourful foliage of the South Seas garden. You’ll also find an extensive collection of native New Zealand plants, with a trail leading you around the gardens to learn about New Zealand’s native flora. The gardens are a nature lovers paradise, stretching from the castle grounds to the coast. Larnach Castle is well-worth the visit and makes for a relaxed trip out with the family or the kids!

  • Make a stop at the Ballroom Cafe for a range of delicious food and beverages.
  • Special guided tours of the castle grounds can be booked here.
  • Castle open 365 days a year from 8am to 5pm, cafe open from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Click here for accessibility information.
  • Entry to castle, gardens and castle grounds:
    Adult $37.00, Child (under 15) FREE.
  • Click here for detailed directions.

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