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1 Muri Street
Dunedin-Coastal Otago
New Zealand

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“A stay in Aramoana Castle is like living our childhood dream of having our own castle. The ambiance and the location creates the magic which will take you 2 centuries back in time. Thanks to the warm welcoming hosts who made this trip an unforgettable experience. Truely unique accommodation in...”
Julia Charity - Founder's Note

“"This is a wonderfully whimsical and magical place. The beach nearby is just gorgeous. Margaret is very kind. Aramoana Castle was a special experience, not just a place to stay while we were in Dunedin.”

“"Aramoana Castle is a magical place far away from anywhere. A short walk through the dunes brings you to a beautiful beach with penguin sightings. The view from my second floor room was of The Cliff. So amazingly beautiful is Aramoana, and the restful sanctuary I needed. I arrived late in the...”

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Aramoana Castle - Dunedin

About this place

You're welcome to stay at our unique castle by the sea. We live in Aramoana, at the entrance to Otago Harbour where there are two beautiful beaches. We are just a half hour scenic drive from Dunedin. It is an enriching place to live and a great place for a holiday or time out. We have created a unique home and would like to share it with others. The castle is made from natural timber, big macrocarpa beams, recycled windows and wood, it is full of old world relics and eccentric charm. The house began as a crib and over the last eight years we have transformed it into a castle - your very own fairytale wonderland. In the castle there are two bedrooms with queen beds, (kings can sleep in them too). The Turret bedroom upstairs, is wood lined and golden with a view of the cliff. This room opens onto a balcony. Within this bedroom you can climb another set of stairs to a sanctuary at the top of the tower. Downstairs is the other bedroom, we call it the Captain's cabin. It has a port hole and driftwood arch opening into a bed nook. In the summer months....there is the Castle Gate House which is a caravan with a double bed. There is also a hidden Hedge Hut which is very small but endearing with single bed - ideal for youngsters or teenagers wanting their own space. The main bathroom inside is shared and there is also an outdoor shower and bath. The kitchen is shared by arrangement. Breakfast at the Castle is a continental selection of yoghurt, fruit, cornflakes, home made muesli, wholemeal bread, spreads and porridge for the hearty. We have an assortment of complimentary tea and coffee. I live with a small dog. Wifi is available on request. There are 2 beaches where you can swim, walk and watch the sunrise. There are yellow eyed penguins you may see if timing is right, sea lions and seals on the local beaches. Aramoana is a half hours drive north from Dunedin. Drive through the pretty town of Port Chalmers main street and turn left at the container port onto Macandrew Road. Follow the road around the harbor, it is a lovely scenic route. If traveling by bus, you will get as far as Port Chalmers. We can arrange transport from there if needed. It is also a very easy road to hitch, if you are that way inclined. Port Chalmers is the last place to shop where there is a small supermarket, garage and eating places. Ideal accommodation for guests coming to Dunedin looking for a unique Castle experience! Check out the Mt Cargill Scenic Reserve which makes a great day walk.


Ask By arrangement Self-catering Tea and coffee available

Our accommodation best suits

Couples Family occasions Grandparents/parents with children International guests Single travellers Solo parent and child

Internet access


Kitchen facilities

Studio with basic facilities (e.g. fridge, jug, microwave)


Home heating

Hobbies and Interests

Beach, Lakes & Rivers Crafts Cycling Dancing Eco-friendly Events Family Friendly Fishing Gardening Meditation Music Photography Reading Singing Spirituality Travel Walking Wine & Food Writing Yoga

Special Features

Experience one of Dunedin's most original castles.
Enjoy day trips to Mt Cargill Scenic Bush Reserve
11 Km from Port Chalmers.
Enquire about tours at the Royal Albatross centre.
Close to yellow eyed penguins, sea lions and seals on local beaches
Turret bedroom with balcony.
Property Details
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Child friendly
Smokers Outside only
Pets ok Ask
Pick ups Ask
Note: charges may apply for pick up
Has pets
The Hedge Hut (summer only)

The hedge hut for those who seek simplicity and solitude. Nestled inside the hedge and charming in it's smallness, the hedge hut has hints of a monastic life. It has a writing desk and single bed for those seeking time out, to reflect and revive.

Room Type Bathroom Type Single rate Couple rate Extra Adult Extra Adult
Single room Shared with main house $50.00 $50.00 $0.00 $0.00
The Turret Room

You'll feel like a princess up in the turret room. Delightful views from your own balcony. Wood lined, with a view of the cliff, the turret room has a light and spacious feel. You can breakfast on the balcony and take in the refreshing sea air. A golden room with a bed fit for a queen! Climb another set of stairs from the bedroom and you will discover a peaceful sanctuary at the top of the tower.

Room Type Bathroom Type Single rate Couple rate Extra Adult Extra Adult
Queen Guest bathroom in main house $100.00 $100.00 $0.00 $0.00
Colourful Caravan for the Eternal Traveller (Summer Only)

The colorful caravan for the eternal traveller. A double bed and a view of the hen run. A simple and humble retreat from the world.

Room Type Bathroom Type Single rate Couple rate Extra Adult Extra Adult
Double Guest bathroom in main house $50.00 $100.00 $0.00 $0.00
The Captain's Cabin

Step back in time into the captains cabin. Full of old worlde relics, a puppet poking it's head around the corner; the captains cabin is a treasure trove of mystery. A place where the sunlight catches the chandelier! It houses a high bed, for high seas! Ahoy!

Room Type Bathroom Type Single rate Couple rate Extra Adult Extra Adult
Queen Guest bathroom in main house $100.00 $100.00 $0.00 $0.00