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Olveston Historic Home

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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...more
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42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have been many times to Olveston and learn something new each time. The guides breathe life into the tour with their extensive knowledge of the house and family. The house is full of the personal daily life of the Theomins, and has been gifted...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SArohaJ
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was an unexpected site to see. Unsure of the why it’s a tourist attraction but it’s such a beautiful home with so many treasures . It was a very enjoyable tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SuzanneB1828
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour and docent. The house has a treasure trove of objects from around the world. Lots of small and large details that shouldn't be missed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MoxieBoston
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, appreciated.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Someone recommended we visit Olveston while we were in Dunedin and we were not disappointed. A beautiful house in original condition with original furnishings. The glass in the windows and doors was so fine and delicate, unlike anything I have seen before. The staff do...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank o2roam
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An absolute must do, something one wouldnt have expected in this little city at the bottom of the world. It mat sound boring....oooo just another old house visit.....however once you actually get inside and have the tour thru you will be so glad to have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 3 November 2018

This was a real surprise. Beautiful home and incredible furnishings and decorative items. The best part was our guide...very knowledgeable and so friendly. A great experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WilliamWhitmo
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Many thanks for your response. The Guides put a lot of effort into developing their tours and are always pleased to get good feedback, appreciated.

Reviewed 27 October 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour today and am thankful that this family, in particular, Dorothy, had the wisdom to donate this mansion and all it’s contents to the city of Dunedin. This way we all get a wee glimpse into a life gone by and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thekeenkid
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

What an inside view of old money and how the wealthy lived. Very interesting with many valuable artifacts. Well informed guides give a great tour. A Must see!More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Artieg419
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed the tour. I sometimes wonder how much influence background contributes to the choice of symbols of wealth ie the house décor and some objects. David was a self made business person from a poor back ground but Marie's...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

Couldn't do any photos/videos inside of the house but that was to preserve the house and the items found within. It was enjoyable to see the different rooms as well as learn about the owners of the house. the outside gardens are beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cloudfire181
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

This was a must for me to do whilst in Dunedin. My teenage daughters were dragging their feet not interested, until we walked in! They listened to every word that the informative guide said and one was even invited to play the 112 year old...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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28 March 2018|
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Response from BronwynS260 | Property representative |
Sorry to have missed your question. As per above you are thinking of Larnach Castle.
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.
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