“If you don’t have a dream in life, then you never can achieve it, can you?”

When 70 year old Dot Smith decided it was time to have her childhood dream come true, she got to work and after 2 years of construction and support from her husband and two sons, Riverstone Castle now sits on an island surrounded by a man-made moat, 20 minutes from Oamaru in North Otago.

Riverstone Castle

Known as “Queen of Riverstone Castle”, Dot Smith has put years of thought into creating every aspect of her impressive castle. “Neil and I wanted to leave something for future generations and so that’s why it’s built so solidly. It’ll  stand there hopefully for a few hundred years. The two-storey castle, with 1150 square metres of floor space includes two large decks and sleeps six people. read more