Larnach Castle, Dunedin

We couldn’t leave Dunedin before making a trip to Larnach Castle. It’s touted as the only castle in New Zealand but whether it really is a castle is probably debatable. It was built by a merchant baron and politician, William Larnach, in 1871. It’s on a prominent spot and has battlements and turrets but lots of other things are missing like the castle keep and the motte and it’s not exactly a fortified residence for a noble lord. But this is all just academic because it’s a wonderful place to visit, castle or not: the views are splendid, the gardens magnificent, and the castle itself unusual and interesting to look at.

I love the South Island of New Zealand. It is so wonderful to be back down here. The scenery is very different to the landscapes in the North Island and much more to my liking. But we must away shortly. Farewell, Dunedin.

7 responses to “Larnach Castle, Dunedin”

  1. Larnach has a bit of an interesting history actually. He shot himself in his office shortly after receiving a letter he had read- no one knows what was in the letter, although it possibly was letting him in on the fact that his second wife was having it off with her stepson- she might have been pregnant as well- talk about family skeletons…she was probably closer in age to Larnach’s son than she was to him- I think business might have taken a bit of a downturn too. People say the ballroom is haunted- it is a great place for a uni ball and far more atmospheric than the town hall!

    1. Yes, I’ve heard that story. It makes the castle a more interesting place than it is already.

  2. That’s beautiful and even has a Scottish feel to it, especially with the history of mystery and drama. Am I right in thinking that quite a lot of Scots made there home in NZ ?

    1. Dunedin was a Scottish settlement. The streets in the city centre are laid out as a carbon copy of Edinburgh and the name Dunedin is the Scottish Gaelic word for Edinburgh – Dùn Èideann.

      1. Aaaah, I get it. Thanks. 🙂

  3. Most beautiful of your days out yet, I think.

    1. Yes, I think you’re right. I’ve been to the caste several times now and I never tire of it.

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