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Olveston Historic Home

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

Knowledgeable, friendly tour guide. Stunning home & gardens in complete & original order. Not to be missed!!

Thank Ann M
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Ann appreciate your review

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

On a personalized tour, one of the stops was Olveston. A rich merchant bestowed the property to the Council and it was transformed to a great attraction. It also has public toilets ready for the maddening crowd of tourists! A great place to stop and...More

Thank Sebastian Q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a House containing loads of collections from all over the world. It was left to the city by the last member of the family Miss Dorothy Theomin in 1966 containing the original contents. Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside...More

Thank Flower_golf
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks flower, appreciate the review. Yes hilly city !

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this home on November 8 as part of an extended city tour I booked locally. What a wonderful pleasure to step into another world where it seemed like the last owner was there yesterday. The home has been kept up beautifully. It seems...More

Thank frances40Honolulu
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review. I will pass your message onto the guides.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in Nov(spring in NZ)the garden looked fantastic.Basically this is the house of a wealthy family that left it in the care of Dunedin Council.They have preserved things beautifully and the tour guides ease stepping back in time with their stories about the place. No...More

Thank kadishko
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The Housekeeper do a great job looking after the place and the guides love taking tours. I will let staff know about your great review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This home was been kept just as it was a century ago. The guides are very informative, well worth the entrance fee of $20.

Thank michaelbN5695YM
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Michael your feedback is appreciated.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a tour to see how a wealthy family lived a century ago. Obviously a gracious but privileged existence. A tribute to the business acumen of the head of the house, and probably also his wife and their ancestors.

Thank clicks
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Clicks. Yes hard work, good support from family (inc Father-in- law) and a strong business community in Dunedin all contributed. I love that the family worked for and with the community and constantly supported charity events. Gives the house a good feel.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The gardens were much smaller than the size of the house would have you believe.We were glad of a toilet stop and were mortified at the cost of a tour! The lady at the desk did her level best to convince us with our $20...More

Thank Jane P
Reviewed 30 October 2017

A fantastic morning so interesting we loved Olveston. Really informative and a chance to see what life was once like for the early settlers. We throughly recommend this a tour do it before you do any of the others as you don't want to miss...More

Thank 440denyseh
Reviewed 30 October 2017

So well run by excellent staff! The Home is amazing and is charming and warm. We've been there twice now and will return again next tip down here

Thank Brian K
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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