Glenfalloch Woodland Garden
Expect spectacular harbour views at this 12-hectare garden, filled with flowers, walking tracks and swaying, mature trees, including a...
Elm Wildlife Tours
Well-regarded, small-group, wildlife-focused tours, with options to add the Royal Albatross Centre or a Monarch Cruise. Pick-up and...
Portobello Hotel & Bistro
Refreshing thirsty travellers since 1874, the Portobello pub is still a popular pitstop. Grab a table in the sun and tuck into seafood...
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Larnach Castle information
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.