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Standing alone atop of the Otago Peninsula is beyond doubt the most magnificent site of Larnach Castle, New Zealands only castle is a centrepiece to only marvel at. It is surrounded by New Zealand native and exotic flora and fauna and beautiful gardens of national significance shroud the historical property.
While standing at the front stairs you can only imagine how much effort went into this spectacular residence. It took 200 artisans 3 years to construct only the exterior and a further 12 years to complete the interior of the building. There is an array of features that will great you inside, comprising of NZ native woods, Italian marble, England tiles and Venetian glass.
The views from the castle tower are magnificent. Tarioa Head points out at the end of the harbour along with the Aromoana spit to the north, while on the east side, the rugged terrain of the peninsula and it small inlets and beaches can be seen.
As you look southwards there stands a panoramic view of the main Dunedin beaches of St Kilda and St Clair, South Dunedin, the centre of the city, north Dunedin and the beginning of the Otago harbour. To the west you can see rolling bush clad hills with Signal Hill standing out in the background.
While absorbing the craftsmanship and views from Larnach Castle, the story continues. Larnach Castle was originally the home of Australian born merchant, banker and politician William Larnach and his family. It is entrenched in history and has a scandalous past that is an experience in itself.
Larnach Castle is today the private residence of the Barker family. Its grandeur and beauty are testament to the vision and tenacity of Margaret Barker who has spent 37 years bringing the castle back to its former glory.
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