I first wrote about Larnach Castle just a couple of months back, on a scouting visit to Dunedin, to see about finding us a new home. I can happily advise, that Dunedin is now our home-base! It is (in my very biased view), New Zealand's most beautiful city, and with this wonderful little castle just a few minutes from home, we popped out for another visit when my sister and nephew flew down from Auckland.
Sitting high up on the Otago Peninsula, it was built by one of Dunedin's early European Settlors: William Larnach, in 1871. To get to it back in the day, one would have taken a horse and carriage up and over the old dirt path that led along the peninsula hills. It would have been a much long journey in its early days. Isolated and magnificent in its time too - as it very much still is today. The views from up here are incredible: you can see out and across the long and beautiful, 21km harbour, which stretches to either side of the Castle; back down across to Dunedin city, in one direction, and out to the harbour mouth, in the other.
I posted lots of pictures of the beautiful grounds and gardens last time, so haven't repeated today. It was a perfect day for photographs from the top of the castle turret though!
Inside, the Castle has been returned to her former glory; her custodians having repaired her neglected rooms and filled them with carefully collected / imported colonial period furniture. Its a walk through time, much as you'd expect from a British Castle. Although this one of course, is a little more modern, with a mix of 19th century (and older) styles, and a kiwiana twist too.
Admission prices can be a little pricey, but they go to the upkeep of this lovely castle and her beautiful grounds. There are odd entry specials that can be found throughout the year, so do check out the official Castle page for more information. Opening times are listed there too. Both times we've headed out now, we've found a holiday special, which meant the kids were free.
After walking the garden paths and exploring inside, we parked up outside the ballroom cafe; ordered a bottle of bubbles, and sat lounging in the sun, enjoying the views, while the kids ran about the grounds. Definitely something we'd recommend!!
We are a family who love to travel - teenager and toddler inclusive! Some of our most recent adventures have included Egypt, Morocco,Spain, Italy, East Europe and New Zealand.