Olveston Historic Home
Olveston Historic Home
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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jtwoodfield
London, UK216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
An interesting Victorian/Edwardian house with echoes of Cragside, the Armstrong house in Northumberland, UK. A similar combination of eclectic and not over attractive architecture, technical innovation, some good art and a lot of kitsch. Set in nice surroundings.
For reasons hard to fathom, the tour hardly mentioned that this was a Jewish family who, from nothing, made good and were substantial contributors to Dunedin as their adopted city.
Only in the cellar was there a Hallenstein exhibit. A related Jewish local family. That was temporary.
Written 15 February 2024
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Written 16 February 2024
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geordie9Kent
Sevenoaks, UK763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A fascinating insight into an incredible piece of NZ history and lifestyle. The guided tour has a limited number of people allowed on it so it feels quite personal. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about the property and family who lived there and answered questions confidently. Definitely up there as one of the places to visit if in Dunedin
Written 12 February 2024
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Thank you for your five-star review we are glad you enjoyed your tour.
Written 15 February 2024
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Jackie J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Highly recommend this tour. The house is beautifully preserved and so interesting to learn about the family and the way they lived.
Written 4 February 2024
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Written 15 February 2024
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Skaj2
Christchurch, New Zealand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic tour with Chris. Very knowledgeable and so much enthusiasm.
The house itself was magnificent and such a treasure to view.
If you love history, you need to visit.
Written 3 February 2024
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Olveston Historic Home.
Written 15 February 2024
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Catherine A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
So much history on show and in a beautiful location. Also a really interesting story behind the history and the family and property. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Written 30 January 2024
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Written 15 February 2024
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jose yanez
Mexico City, Mexico287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
One of the few interesting things you can do in Dunedin which if you happen to be there is a good stop to listen something about the history of Dunedin wealthy people
Written 17 January 2024
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Thank you, Josey for your review.
Written 15 February 2024
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pwilmans
Landsmeer, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lovely guided tour, the guide was very dedicated to the house and knew so much about the family Theomin and every aspect of their life. Well kept gardens, a treasure!
Written 12 January 2024
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Written 15 February 2024
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Frances W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great tour round this beautiful house. The guide was fantastic and extremely informative. Well worth the visit. The walk up the hill to get there is steep so allow plenty of time. Highly recommend.
Written 11 January 2024
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Written 15 February 2024
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redcayenne
Ravensdale, WA175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A moment in time, captured here and exquisitely restored to its former beauty. This was the home of a wealthy settler, who came shortly after the gold rush, and made his mark with pianos. It is a glimpse at the life of a well-to-do family, who loved to entertain, travelled extensively, and procured an eclectic collection of art, china, furniture and momentos. Just the lush wallpapers will put designer types in awe. Anyone interested in art will find pieces you would love to enjoy for a lifetime. The gardens are lush and surfeit with species seen only in New Zealand.
Worth a visit, and another hour just wandering the gardens.
Written 10 January 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review.
Written 15 February 2024
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JohnMarion H
New Plymouth, New Zealand9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
A lovely hosted visit to one of the wealthy family homes of the 1900's. An Interesting historic journey into the past. The grounds have been improved from past visits and now add to the character of the property. The only disappointment was the quality of the art/pictures in the rooms. It was not what would be expected in this house.
Written 7 January 2024
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Thank you, John for your review. We are sorry you were disappointed with the quality of the 240 pieces of art collected from around the world and New Zealand.
Written 15 February 2024
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