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Address: 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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A 'must visit' for lovers of art, heritage and history, Olveston is...

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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Theomin Art Collection Guided Tour
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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
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Half-Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour

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Beautiful Old Mansion

This old, historic mansion, "Olveston" is furnished with original contents! Lovely to look at. The owner, David Theomin & family lived there from 1906-1960. There were no heirs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Centennial
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This old, historic mansion, "Olveston" is furnished with original contents! Lovely to look at. The owner, David Theomin & family lived there from 1906-1960. There were no heirs, and so it was donated to the city of Dunedin. There are pretty gardens to enjoy as well.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Olveston was probably the best old house I've ever been to. Most historic houses are extensively renovated and just have collections of old wares and furniture in the rooms. This house has, apparently had only one room renovated because of water damage. The furniture and all the belongings belonged to the family who built, owned and lived in it. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautifully organized house with so many hidden treasures from Europe, China, Japan and Africa. A wonderful tour around the house, though a big too short.

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This house was owned by a wealthy Dunedin family. When the last surviving member of the family died in 1966 she left it to the city with the proviso that it was maintained as it was at the handing over. Built in 1906 it has electricity and central heating and even a generator so it was a bit ahead of... More 

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Olveston_House, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this review

Dear Jack, Thank you for your comments about your visit to Olveston. We very much appreciate all the feedback we receive. Olveston is a not-for-profit entity. The costs associated with running the house - ongoing maintenance of the grounds, building and the collection, specialist conservators, insurance, staff costs etc., - are met by admission fees and retail sales. Our income... More 

Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a part of a tour in the area and visited Olveston Home as a part of Dunedin city tour. Such an interesting place! I loved that the family definitely made a lot of money and was just living their dream - traveling around the world and buying what they liked to see around them in their dream house.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful garden and surprise glass house. Had so much wandering the gardens. I think the best time to go would be in January as the weather is still good and there will be more flowers in bloom.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The entire catalogue of items is breathtaking.. we were allowed a quick glimpse with a guide talk about each room but really as the original owner quoted.. It is a jumble.. but a priceless jumble.. no descendants and so they donated the house and contents to a trust for the people of Dunedin.. very much worth a visit..

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic place to go! Well hidden away from hassle of the world .Dive in a history of early settler ,who brought art and musical instruments into Dunedin,as myself played grand piano for decades it was extremely exiting excursion. Stuff are friendly and helpful.

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Olveston_House, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this review

Glad you got to play the piano. We keep it tuned so that on a relatively quite day visitors have the opportunity to enjoy it. More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this house on a tour of New Zealand. very enthusiastic guide, knowledgable, and very interesting tour of house. Spent time in gardens as well, not big but nice to spend sometime in garden Find this house if you are visiting Dunedin

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Orewa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a great tour, very informative and well done. Truly amazing family to donate such a prize possession to the city of Dunedin

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