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Olveston Historic Home

42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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A 'must visit' for lovers of art, heritage and history, Olveston is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around the world. The 35-room Edwardian mansion was designed for a one of Dunedin's most prominent businessmen, philanthropists and collectors during the early 1900s. The house was gifted to the people of Dunedin in 1966, fully furnished with the original contents, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home. The house and its 'Garden of National Significance', within the city's Green Belt, can be experienced at 42 Royal Terrace, within walking distance of Dunedin's Octagon. Entry inside the house is by guided tour only (1 hour, max. 15 People per group). Tours commence daily at: 9.30am, 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm. Group bookings available at a time to suit the group - available on request. Tours are conducted in English. Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French, Japanese and Dutch speaking guides are available for groups on request. The gardens, listed as a New Zealand Gardens Trust 'Garden of National Significance' and the gift shop are open daily and free to the public.
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42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the best visit here . So many items to see and our tour guide was so good . It was mesmerizing to see how many things they had and how beautifully everything was together. We loved it and would defiantly recommend to all who...More

Thank Welivetotravel1
Management response:Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Welivetotour1 Our guides love to give the tours and the housekeepers and gardener take a lot of care of the house. Glad you had a great visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This fully furnished stately home which was only ever in the hands of one family, is crammed with the treasures they gathered during many travels. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house, the family and many other aspects of history which made our tour...More

Thank sheepgalore
Management response:Responded 5 days ago

Thanks sheepgalore! Our Guides endeavor to be a knowledgeable as possible and read up on areas of interest such as the art or silver collection. Glad you enjoyed the tour :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is spectacular, the history of it was very interesting, and a little sad. I had the pleasure of playing the Grand Piano, not that I can play that well but thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank Julie B
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the visit and the history of the iconic home. Lots of original features. Great place especially for overseas visitors to see NZ history

Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a remarkable place with remarkable history. Our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. Very much NZ version of Downton Abbey.

Thank SCSadventure
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thank you I will let Kevin know you enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The house is lovely and restored to the original furnishings. A different look at times gone by. Very interesting and worth the visit.

Thank R8782IBkatieb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love seeing historic homes for whatever reason you will love Olveston. I've been twice now still can't get enough of it. They have preserved the home extremely well and it's just like stepping back in time. The furnishings and art are wonderful. It...More

Thank Kushla R
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thanks Kushla appreciate the great review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed going here. No photos allowed here. It's a must if you're here in Dunedin. The inside is just magnificent! Gave me chills.

Thank ekta69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the tour on a cold, rainy, sleety, and snowy day, so didn't spend much time in the damp garden. I'm sure it's better in the summer. In any case, the tour is a wonderful insight into the life of the early 20th century....More

Thank kiwieric
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I came here by myself because I love antiques. There were plenty to be seen here. Most everything is original to the house, since it was gifted by the surviving daughter. It was a lovely place to visit!

Thank JoanMarietta_GA
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30 November 2015|
Response from JeremyinToronto | Property representative |
Hi Spiderspoon, Thanks for your message. Olveston is not a walk from the Cruise Terminal, rather located near the centre of Dunedin (the Octagon) on the hill behind the city. We are a 15-20min walk from the centre and about... More