Cargill's Castle, a compelling spectacle
of austere sculptural beauty
Cargill's Castle, known as The Cliffs, was built by Edward Bowes Cargill, a member of the founding Cargill family, prominent Dunedin business man and political leader. Cargill's Castle was designed by Frances William Petre, a leading New Zealand architect, and its location on the St Clair clifftops has ensured that it remains a Dunedin landmark.
Cargill's Castle is one of the most significant historic structures in Dunedin and one of only two castles in New Zealand.
The mission of the Cargill's Castle Trust is to retain the castle as part of the cultural, historic and recreational fabric of Dunedin, for the benefit of Dunedin and visitors, through:
- Conserving the castle structure as a significant Dunedin landmark. The Trust does not intend to rebuild the castle, simply to stabilise and retain the ruin
- Development of Cargill's Castle as a clifftop park and providing walking access for the public
- To provide interpretation of the history and cultural significance of the castle, including the Cargill family and the castles noted architect, F W Petre.
- Inclusion of Cargill's Castle in the proposed Blackhead to St Clair Track
The castle has a fascinating history - read all about it here »