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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved this as 20 yrs since I had been here and wow so much more to see ...this is a must visit ..guided tours ...loved this and so did partner who had never been ...highlight of Dunedin.

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Good to have you back in the house :) Thanks for the review, appreciated.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic opportunity to learn about Dunedin past and see all the amazing furniture and paintings; such a well set place, must see it.

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Olveston home is quite beautiful. It can only be visited by guided tour. We did not make a reservation in advance, and we had no trouble joining in a tour group. There is a reduced price for seniors. We were about 8 visitors in...More

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

Thanks for your review, glad your group enjoyed the tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my favourite place we visited in Dunedin. Amazing old homestead as it originally way. Excellent tour guide. I only wish I could have seen more. Loved it!!!!!

Thank Sarah B
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review appreciated.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful find right in Dunedin - Our guide was do informative and the history of the house is fascinating So glad we went here

Thank missy b
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Olveston house is a very interesting spot. I was amazed by the quality and authenticity of the house. I was welcomed by staff and since there were no people other than me, I had a private tour. The guide was very informative and explained and...More

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed the visit. Sorry that you found it too expensive, ticket price is a balancing act between covering costs and providing a value for money experience. As you can imagine looking after a building, collection and ground of this age is not without...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a tour of this amazing 35-Room home of the Theomin Family. Our guide, Kay, was very knowledgeable and friendly. She shared the history and the stories attached to each room and was very open to questions and comments. This house is remarkable in...More

Thank Ronoc63
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Thanks for your review much appreciated. Yes the restoration is great, wish I had been here at that time and involved with the project. I will let Kay know you enjoyed her tour and I think it was Kirsten on Reception and I'll pass on...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Visits by guided tour only... but what a guide we had! Briar was simply brilliant: very knowledgeable, dynamic and obviously passionate about the history of Olveston. We had a great time listening and learning and sharing a moment in history! The house itself is in...More

Thank Dom21076
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thanks for your comment, appreciated. I let Briar know that you enjoyed the tour and the House Keeping staff that you appreciated their work.

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Olveston has been very well restored and is well worth a visit. Visits are by guided tour only so make sure that you check the times. Tours take one hour. The house contains all the original furnishings - a wide ranging collection from various parts...More

Thank Robin P
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Incredible insight into a by gone era. Amazing foresight by the architect. House must have been well ahead of its time with all its special features. If your visiting Dunedin you must go. We will be back.More

Thank tinpins
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Thanks for your review, appreciated. The architect, Sir Ernest George specialised in domestic architecture and was making the "smart" house of the day. This is transition architecture moving from Victorian and Edwardian ideas to the modern. The family also loved new appliances and technology. A...More

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missy b
28 March 2018|
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Response from Bronwyn S | Property representative |
Sorry to have missed your question. As per above you are thinking of Larnach Castle.
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K9NRSE
6 June 2016|
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Response from Davmoe | Reviewed this property |
No they do not have lunch or refreshments at this wonderful historic home.
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Spiderspoon
30 November 2015|
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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
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