Dunedin // Larnach Gardens
New Zealand is home to some stunning plant life. the gardens surrounding Larnach Castle are no exception - a wide variety of greens and blooms are arranged around the grounds. the site is not as massive as the Botanic Gardens we visited in Christchurch, but still large enough that we spent an hour wandering [and taking photos] before going inside to see the castle.
the Larnach Gardens and grounds are filled with lots of little nooks to explore. we found sweeping views of the Otago Peninsula, stables converted to living quarters, a glass-topped gazebo, and what appeared to be some kind of dungeon.
the sole occupant of the dungeon was this antlered statue which I found to be SO. CREEPY. it was giving me a very True Detective/ Carcosa kind of vibe. there weren't any signs around to explain what this place really was, or why this thing was in there. it was all very mysterious. it's giving me the creeps just looking at it so why don't we move back to the flowers?
these roses against the wall might have been my favorite.
if you visit Larnach, you can choose to pay admission to just the gardens, or add a little extra to go inside the castle as well. it's a great place to spend an afternoon wandering. there's even a little snack and beverage cart set up near the castle, so you can drink your tea or long black coffee while strolling through the gardens.