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Combining its historical castle setting with the wildlife of the Otago Pensinula, Larnach Castle Lodge is the perfect place for discovering the wildlife and history of this area of the South Island.

Set within the castle’s grounds alongside the original historic castle stables and over the foundations of old farm buildings, the lodge is a purpose-built replica of a colonial farm building offering 12 themed guest rooms. From its position you can enjoy spectacular views of the harbour, ocean and surrounding peninsula and enjoy strolls around the 35 acres of gardens and grounds.

Rooms are designed to encapsulate Larnach Castle’s history while offering all the amenities you would expect of a hotel. The lodge is situated on the seaward side of Larnach Castle which means bedrooms offer views over the harbour and ocean. Your stay includes breakfast but you may wish to take the opportunity to arrange with the lodge to dine in the castle where a three-course menu, reflecting traditional New Zealand cuisine, is served house party style giving you the chance to meet other guests.

Staying on the Otago Peninsula means you are closer to the unique wildlife experiences on offer, such as the royal albatross colony and the yellow-eyed penguin reserve. 

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Otago Peninsula

With a 20-kilometre long harbour situated on the east coast of the South Island, the Otago Peninsula is a spectacular spot for marine wildlife. The New Zealand sealion – one of the rarest sealion species – as well as the royal albatross, yellow-eyed penguin and blue penguin can be seen here.

  • Where: South Island
  • Ideal for viewing: yellow-eyed penguin, royal albatross, New Zealand sealion, little blue penguin, New Zealand fur seal
  • Excellent for: Penguin watching, Birdwatching