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Olveston Historic Home

42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fascinating home and return to a bygone era. Staff very knowledgeable but found we were whizzed through too fast to take everything in.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Imagine Downton Abbey, downsized. That's this place. Full of collections of asian origin, as well as "the latest" around the turn of the century. Vivienne was full of wit and knowledge about the family. I very much enjoyed this tour.

Thank Jeff M
Olveston_House, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this review

:) yes indeed!

Reviewed 5 days ago

we have not had a chance to join the tour inside the house as the tour was in strict schedule. yet, it is sufficient for enjoy the building from outside for those of you who like good architecture

Thank Fajaretta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour guide was so nice, the house was in such great condition and didn't feel like a tourist trap at all. Completely recommended if you love settler history.

Thank Finn L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was the only person to choose to visit this amazing house from our APT Tour of the South Island. I had visited 40 years previously and I was not disappointed either time. I was fortunate enough to be given a 1-1 guided tour by...More

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

Lovely to have you visit again and I'm glad your experience was rewarding. The Guides love showing visitors around, I'll pass on the feedback. Thank you

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Olveston as part of a tour from our cruise ship while docked in Dunedin and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the house is a great asset to Dunedin - which is a fantastic city in its own right. Well...More

Thank CockneyRebel99
Olveston_House, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A stately Dunedin home that has been very well restored and preserved and a great back story to the house and the family. Was very impressed with our tour guide who was very knowledgeable with the history and construction of the house, her answers to...More

Thank chattis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Olveston Historic Home was given to the city after the owner's death including all the furnishing and artworks in the 35-rooms-mansion. There are multiple tours throughout the day (ca. 1 hour; the museum closes at 5pm) and a special artworks tour (about 2 h) that...More

Thank Marja M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked here from town so be aware, it is a long steep climb! However, this was probably the best tour we have experienced. Our guide (Kirsty) showed such a genuine interest and knowledge of the home and the family who built it. This home...More

Thank Pamerle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So great to be able to see this wonderful home and furnishings. Our guide Sue was so informative and interesting and made the tour an outstanding experience for me.

Thank Jill S
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Can you get lunch here ?
6 June 2016|
Response from Olveston_House | Property representative |
Dear K9NRSE, Thanks for your message. Lunch isn't possible at Olveston (we don't have a cafe/resturant; however, we are able to provide morning or afternoon teas for groups (8 or more people), which is served in the Drying... More
Can you walk to lovers ton house from the cruise terminal? Is it in the botanical gardens?
30 November 2015|
Response from Olveston_House | 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