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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 yesterday

Olverston House is a lovely historical home. The home was owned by one family. A rags to riches story where the home has the latest mod cons for early 20th century.

Thank Jo R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Check out their website for all the details and background, but I was pleasantly surprised and this is really REALLY worth going to. Not only has the house been beautifully restored, but it contains ALL the original furniture, art, trinkets, and possessions of the time...More

Thank KuwaitiBob
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Olveston House. We like to learn about the history of a place and this is certainly a place you can get a clear picture of the past. The house and it's lovely grounds is so well preserved because the daughter of the man...More

Thank on2it2
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review, appreciated. It is a pity re photography, I agree. We did trial allowing people to take images but visitors lose concentration on what's around them and step back into object and we run the risk of damage.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was amazing to allow you to see how a very wealthy early 20th century family lived. The house was amazingly preserved, with very few alterations in the past 130 years. And it was a very grand house, designed by a world class architect,...More

Thank Luapekralc
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your great review, much appreciated.

Reviewed 1 week ago

It is easy to imagine how the family lived in this beautiful old home, albeit with a number of servants.

Thank Gaynorgr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite a steep climb up to the house, it soon became obvious that the effort was worth it. A guided tour was compulsory but our guide Kay provided us with a fascinating insight into the history of the house and its occupants.

Thank CBNewry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This home built in 1906 overlooks the Dunedin, NZ harbour. The well maintained structure contains virtually all of the then modern conveniences that a very wealthy family of that time could buy.

Thank George W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seemed like a nice house but I was put off of doing the guided tour with all the fussing about no photos and being careful. Other members of my group were even more disappointed to start a tour saw a few rooms and then were...More

Thank margaret l
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry our introduction messages seemed fussy, we try and get through them as quickly as possible so we can get everyone on tour. I'm also disappointed that other members of the group felt they didn't have time to look at objects and were moved...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful place to visit.Definitely recommended to visit in dunedin.You wont regret paying the fee.Our tour guide kevin was very knowledgeable on the house.Its a mansion inside with interiors from all over the world!But unfortunately no photos/videos is allowed.But nevertheless,its a wonderful experience!More

Thank Ethel Y
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, appreciated. We trialled visitors taking photos but unfortunately while concentrating on taking an image it is very easy to step back into a delicate chair, or not to see a free standing urn or small fragile object on a side table...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to walk past Olveston, and decided initially just to look at the garden. The garden and glasshouse is free to enter, and well worth a visit. We decided to join a tour of the house. We were lucky that there were only four...More

Thank Marshall C
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. I think they had a lot of fun collecting, but yes did it make them happy is a good question.

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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