New Z’s only castle

While exploring Otago Peninsula, we saw signs to Larnach Castle. Intrigued, we followed the steep road up and around, through trees and mist. There it preened, New Zealand’s only castle, beckoning us to enter.

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Okay- so it’s not Biltmore or Buckingham but it had its own charm and a bathtub made from Herculaneum marble.

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It had 14 hectares of gardens and grounds. What if it was your job to trim the hedges?

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Of course there was a lion greeter. DSC00774 (768x1024)

William Larnach, who made his fortune in banking, shipping, farming, landholding, politics and speculation, built the castle in 1871. Three hundred workmen spent three years building the outside. Another 12 years was spent perfecting the inside.

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I thought the ceiling cornices were lovely.

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While married to wife number three, Larnach took his own life. I guess castle-owning doesn’t equate happiness. Today it belongs to the Barker family who have spent the past 40 years restoring it. Our view from the turret was ghostly. Time to leave.

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