Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle information

Otago Peninsula , New Zealand
145 Camp Rd
+64 3 476 1616
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castle & grounds adult/child $28/10, grounds only $13/4
Opening hours
9am-7pm Oct-Mar, 9am-5pm Apr-Sep
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Standing proudly on top of a hill, this gorgeous Gothic Revival mansion was built in 1871 by Dunedin banker, merchant and Member of Parliament, William Larnach, to impress his wife, who descended from French nobility. It didn't bring him much happiness, however. After his first two wives died and his third was rumoured to be having an affair with his son, Larnach shot himself in a committee room in Parliament in 1898. His son later followed suit.

The mansion is filled with intricate woodwork and exquisite antique furnishings, and the crenelated tower offers expansive views of the peninsula. A self-guided tour brochure is provided with admission, or you can buy an iPhone tour app which peoples the rooms with costumed actors ($5). After lording it about in the mansion, take a stroll through the pretty gardens or settle in for the 3pm high tea in the ballroom cafe.