Thursday, October 25, 2007
Our car, Baldwin Street, Larnach Castle
We rented this white Toyota Corolla for 5 days from NZ Rent a Car at 14, Harrow Street. It costs about 50 odd NZ dollars per day. The two certified drivers ....DT and myself. I took this snapshot of the car with DT, D2 and D4 while on the way to explore the Otago region. The vehicle Reg number is XA 1730.
At the very top of the Steepest Street in the world....Baldwin Street, Dunedin. In the background is a part of the city's skyline.( see my previous post ).
At Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle...overlooking the spectacular Otago Harbour, which is 1000 feet below.
This great castle was built by William Larnach in 1871 and completed in 1887. It took more than 200 workmen over 5 years to construct the main castle. Later, expert European craftsmen were imported to embellish the interior with the finest materials from around the world.
So who was William Larnach? He was one of New Zealand's most remarkable men. A successful landowner, Minister of the Crown, banker,financier and merchant baron, his lasting legacy was this beautiful castle and the lovely gardens covering 35 acres. Today, the Barker family owns it and they have lived there for over 3 decades. It is open to all visitors. There are admission charges. But it is a "must visit" site, IMO.