Larnach Castle


Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built in 1871 by William Larnach

Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle

With its exciting, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic history, its magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present.
Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent more than thirty five years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 35 acres of gardens and grounds.

Discover New Zealand’s only Castle, built 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his beloved first wife Eliza. 200 workmen spent three years building the Castle shell and master European craftsmen spent a furthur 12 years embellishing the interior. Larnach spared no expense on his dream home, which features the finest materials from around the world.
The Castle is still privately owned and cared for by the Barker family. This superbly crafted building with magnificent architecture showcases a unique collection of New Zealand antiques, with a tragic and scandalous history. Spectacular tower views and beautiful gardens complete this enjoyable award winning experience. Boutique Lodge accommodation is available in the Castle gardens. Weddings, Balls, Functions and Celebrations are held in the beautiful 3000 square foot Ballroom.

Finalist New Zealand Tourism Awards 2006

Stay at Larnach Lodge
Enjoy a beautiful, quiet rural setting only 20 minutes drive from Dunedin City...

New recreation of a colonial farm building set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds
of award winning Larnach Castle.
There are twelve theme bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, each individually decorated.
Each room has a splendid view of the ocean 1 000 feet below.
Spectacular views of Otago Harbour & Peninsula.
Lodge Guests receive complimentary admission to Larnach Castle during opening hours.
Full breakfast in historic Stables included.
Dinner in a Castle dining room - only for our accommodation guests.

Fully licenced cafe in Castle Ballroom open 9.30-4.30.
20 minutes from Dunedin City
Central to unique wildlife attractions
All bedrooms non smoking
Larnach Castle is close to the Royal Albatross Colony, The Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve,
Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Glenfalloch Gardens.

Larnach Castle

Weddings and Functions at Larnach Castle
For your Wedding, Conference Dinner, Ball, Dinner and Dance, or that other significant special event.
Consider... the beautiful scenic drive from Dunedin... transporting you to another world... arrival at the Castle...
a lone piper playing... entering the spectacular Ballroom, the chandeliers sparkling, candles glowing, fires roaring, a delicious meal awaiting and our attentive staff at your service.

Bookings & enquiries:
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See Also:  Larnach Lodge
                 Stable Stays

Dining at Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle Dining

Enjoy a special experience. Dine inside a beautiful Castle dining room. This is exclusive to our Lodge and Stable guests. Our menus include local produce and are freshly cooked for you.
Try some of our Haggis Pie or some Traditional New Zealand Pavlova.
Our wine cellar is stocked with a great selection of New Zealand wines -
and some foreign favourites.
For a special occassion a private room is available for an extra cost.
Bookings are required by 5.00pm to enable our chefs to prepare your lovely meal.
For groups of 50 people plus, contact our functions manager
We have the beautiful Castle Ballroom available for your occassion.


145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula, PO Box 1350, Dunedin, New Zealand


+ 64 3 476 16 16


+ 64 3 476 15 74



Margaret Barker has written a book on her garden at Larnach Castle which is for sale.
If you wish to buy to purchase a copy please email with your inquiry.

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