Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin: Hours, Address, Olveston Historic Home Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Travelling Man
Wanaka, New Zealand35 contributions
May 2022
Wonderful old character home presented beautifully. The tours are very informative, conducted by volunteers, and truly worthwhile.
Written 1 May 2022
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Susan C
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
Apr 2022
How amazing that is home has been left to Dunedin so people can experience the buildings and architecture. We enjoyed a very informative tour and leant the history.
Written 28 April 2022
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Susan S
Richmond, VA16 contributions
Feb 2022
I would highly recommend taking the guided tour, as I did on Monday, February 21, 2022! The tour guide and Jan Davies offered extremely lively and fact-filled commentary of the house and gardens--their love of this place is contagious. They were happy to answer my many questions without appearing exasperated. Most importantly, to me; I was allowed to take photos to my heart's content, both inside and outside, in the garden. Jan even went out of her way to personally guide me to the key vantage points, and, afterwards, she most graciously emailed me a few photos I had missed. Be sure to bring extra memory cards and fully charged, spare batteries for several hours of stunning photo opportunities. The still-like opportunities are endless, the colors are glorious, the eye-candy is phenomenal! So thrilled to have visited! Just outstanding in every way!
Written 2 March 2022
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you Susan for your fantastic 5 star review. We are always so happy to show guests around this magnificent gem on Royal Terrace. To share stories about the Theomin family all they did for the Dunedin community is a daily pleasure for the team.
Written 6 March 2022
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MinibearX
Doha, Qatar214 contributions
Jan 2022
Visited this place on a rainy day. Not too many tourists. Personally speaking, what makes this place special are the people who work there. These women were friendly and passionate about local heritage preservation. Loved local artists products inspired by the house in the shop. Look forward to book a tea session in the house soon.
Written 22 February 2022
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you Minibear X, we are so pleased you enjoyed your tour. We look forward to see you at one of our monthly High Tea and tour afternoons.
Written 24 February 2022
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Libby
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Dec 2021
The garden and the guided house tour are a must when you visit Dunedin. This utterly charming property is full of treasures inside and out.
The Dunedin City Council is to be commended for its commitment to keeping this beautiful so well maintained both inside and out.
Written 9 January 2022
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you 438libbyb, we so fortunate to look after this wee gem on Royal Terrace.
Written 24 February 2022
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chrissie r
Auckland, New Zealand56 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
The story about the work the Theomins did.. they were wealthy and yet Mrs Theomin played a significant part in establishing Plunket, which for the next 100 years played a huge part in providing support and education to New Zealand families. The place settings in the dining table names others involved in setting up the service.
Thank you, Kevin ( our guide yesterday) for taking time to show us not just the material wealth of the family.
Written 29 December 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you so much for your review. We thoroughly enjoy sharing the history of Olveston Historic Home and the Theomin family with visitors.
Written 1 January 2022
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Jennifer W
Auckland10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Loved both the gardens and the guided tour through this glorious house. Jo, our guide, added to the experience with her knowledge and enthusiasm. Will definitely go back
Written 16 August 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you for your wonderful review, our guides take great pleasure in sharing their knowledge about this jewel on Royal Terrace, Dunedin.
Written 17 August 2021
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Roger B
Toulouse, France1 contribution
An absolutely fabulous and authentic historic Dunedin home. Jo is a wonderful guide, she took us back in time to days gone by with her captivating knowledge of all the treasures that the house holds. Couldn’t recommend this activity more highly on a Dunedin visitor’s itinerary!!!
Written 16 August 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you Roger for you review. Jo is our guide manager and will be so pleased to hear your kind words, Olveston provides an authentic experience in the heart of Dunedin and we appreciate feed back from those who visit.
Written 17 August 2021
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Robyn Hickey
4 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
The Overton house has been kept the way it was build no new parts all original. The tour was informing. About the history of the house.
The lady tour guide very knowledgeable.
The ground are well kept. I think Overton house was mor interesting than the Larnoch castle to me.
Keep up the good work.
It's a pity a lot of houses like this have gone.
Written 25 May 2021
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Thank you, Savey4 for sharing your review. We, like you think that Olveston is pretty special and are so pleased we can share the home with visitors to Dunedin.
Written 1 June 2021
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Amy
Hamilton, New Zealand15 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Loved this tour so much. We visited on the 4th of May and our tour guide was so lovely and very thorough! I left feeling very well informed. Such a beautiful home that has been so well kept. It was great to see a little slice of time! I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for something to do in Dunedin!
Written 4 May 2021
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Thank you so much for visiting our wonderful Dunedin treasure. The team take great delight in showing the home off to visitors and sharing the Theomin family history.
Written 1 June 2021
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