Larnach Castle & City Drive

  • Port

    Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD

    Price between $0-$50
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 hours

  • Meals Included

    No

An orientation drive through Dunedin will introduce you to a well-preserved Victorian city.

Soak up the grandeur of its architecture, from the classical ANZ Bank to the buildings surrounding the Octagon, an eight-sided plaza that forms the core of Dunedin's lively business district.

Pause for photos of such notable landmarks as the Town Hall, the Municipal Chambers and St Paul's Cathedral, all watched over by the statue of poet Robert Burns.

Center stage on your half-day excursion is a guided tour of Larnach Castle, beautifully situated in the tranquil countryside. This magnificent neo-Gothic estate was built for William and Eliza Larnach and their six children, and commands the highest point on the Otago Peninsula.

As you explore New Zealand's only castle, your knowledgeable guide will impart stories of William Larnach and his colorful life. You'll hear about the castle's architect, Robert Arthur Larson, whose fame hung upon his previous design for Dunedin's First Church.

Learn about the Barker family, who bought the castle as their home in 1967 and have spent more than 40 years restoring it, filling it with original New Zealand period furniture and antiques, and gracing it with a Garden of International Significance.

Notes:

Photography is not permitted inside Larnach Castle.