Larnach Castle

Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards Australasia continue to recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education. Finalists in the 2019 awards will have the pleasure of celebrating their achievements in November at the historic Larnach Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand. Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle will set a spectacular scene for this monumental occasion.

Australasian tertiary education institutions submit applications to 10 categories, aimed at recognising a diverse range of sustainability achievements across campuses. Universities, TAFE’s, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and RTO’s as well as third-party organisations and multi-partner teams with an institutional leader can enter the awards for free.

Larnach Castle gardens

Gala Dinner & Awards

After arriving guests will be served pre-dinner drinks and canapes on the Castle verandah, before moving through to the grand ballroom for the evenings main event! Under the period architecture and crystal chandeliers, guest will enjoy a three course dinner whilst celebrating the winners of the 10th Green Gown Awards Australasia.

The gardens

The gardens at Larnach Castle have been rated by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of International Significance. Today, the Castle is surrounded by 7 acres of maintained Gardens. The gardens are Margaret Barker’s personal creation – not only is she a restorer of historic buildings, but also a passionate gardener.

Margaret has been a Guest Speaker and Judge at the New Zealand Ellerslie Flower Show, is well-respected as a garden star throughout New Zealand and has recently written a book about her garden.

There is always something to see in the gardens at Larnach Castle. This is more than just a Garden of International Significance; it is a unique collection of specialised gardens. For instance, there is a Patterned Garden, the Lost Rock Garden, the Serpentine Walk, the Rain Forest, the South Seas Garden, the Alice Lawn, and the Laburnum Arch and Green Room.


A complimentary coach will leave Dunedin’s city centre, taking guests on a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula to Lanarch Castle. Bus 1 will leave from the Executive Residence, 68 Forth St, Dunedin – leaves at 6pm, and Bus 2 will leave from the Municipal Chambers (Town Hall) in the Octagon, Dunedin – leaves 6pm.

Octagon to Castle
Airport to Castle

Why are these Awards special?