Alice in Wonderland with Flamingo at Larnach Castle, Dunedin (NZ)

Larnach Castle (Dunedin, New Zealand) has various Alice in Wonderland elements displayed in the gardens surrounding the castle. We visited the gardens on Saturday and these photos are from an area where Alice stands on the lawn holding her flamingo.


I’d forgotten this part of Alice in Wonderland but Alice plays croquet with the Queen of Hearts and they use flamingos for mallets and curled up hedgehogs for balls! Photo by SO.


Here we have Alice within her garden context. She looks very small beside the native New Zealand cabbage tree (Cordyline australis). I’ve done a previous blogpost on cabbage trees. Photo by SO.


Sedums growing as a beautiful ground cover under the cabbage tree trunks. Photo by Exploring Colour.


Detail of the sedum ground cover. Photo by SO.


The garden elements create interesting shadows and behind Alice there is a garden obelisk with a heart on top. Nice! Photo by Exploring Colour.


The New Zealand Connection

“I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth!  How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards!  The antipathies I think…  but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.  Please Ma’am, is this New Zealand?”

Quote from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll.


“The New Zealand Connection” paragraph above is taken directly from the Alice In Wonderland page of the Larnach Castle website.

Words by Exploring Colour. Photos by SO and Exploring Colour (2017)

2 thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland with Flamingo at Larnach Castle, Dunedin (NZ)

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  1. Hi Liz, thanks for dropping by my blog. I do remember visiting this castle when I was in NZ some years ago now, while on my way to check out some of your rare penguins. I remember the road to it was quite steep, like many roads over there.

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