NZ South ~ One of only a few castles in all of New Zealand, Larnach Castle, one rich with family drama. William Larnach, a wealthy merchant banker and politician, built the castle for his first wife in the late 19th century. It took over 200 workmen three years to build the exterior. European craftsmen spent another 12 years completing the manor’s interior. Larnach spared no expense when it came to constructing this late Victorian-era abode. Sadly, Larnach committed suicide in a Parliament building in 1898, his ruined finances and a rumored affair between his third wife and youngest son driving him into despair. The family fell apart due to legal battles over his estate. Larnach Castle passed through several hands and was eventually reduced to shambles until its current owners, the Baker family, bought it in 1967 and became dedicated to restoring it.