writer is promoting Cargills Castle, in Dunedin, in tourist
magazines around the world, despite the fact that it is not
on the city's tourist map or even accessible to the public.
Former Dunedin television cameraman turned freelance writer,
Ceidrik Heward regards the derelict "castle", on the cliffs
above St Clair, as one of the city's "most fascinating"
features and he makes no apology for promoting it to
inter-national tourists as "New Zealand's most romantic
"I think it's unique in New Zealand. It's just got a magic
about the place. There are not that many ruins in New
"The other thing about it is that everyone I mention
Cargill's Castle to has had some sort of experience there . .
. it seems to run deep into the whole fabric of Dunedin."
Mr Heward's article on the castle features in the latest
issue of the Virgin Blue airline's in-flight Voyeur magazine
and Dubai's Gulf News ran a full-page spread late last year
which promoted the castle as a "melancholy" ruin.
"The decaying shell of this once-magnificent mansion is
staking its place as a unique attraction in a country lacking
any notable ruins, let alone dramatic, moody ones," Mr Heward
The chairman of the trust that bought the building about 10
years ago, Steven de Graff, says the trust does not have
Dunedin City Council approval for tourists or the Dunedin
public to enter the property and public use of the access
road remains unresolved.
Mr de Graff says he is forced to turn down the many requests
he gets to use the castle for such things as wedding
photographs and fashion shoots.
The trust is still working on the access issues.
"Certainly, in the next couple of years, we'd like to think
something would be happening there.
"I've been thinking it will be next year or next week for
about the last 10 years."
He has no problem, however, with the castle being promoted
internationally even if all tourists can do is view it from a
"It's another wee story of Dunedin and if that gets people
coming here, that's fine . . . as far as promoting Dunedin's
heritage, I think it's fantastic."
Tourism Dunedin's website, which features 25 city
attractions, appears to have no mention of Cargills Castle.