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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
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Olveston for the first time today, and found it a fascinating insight into history. Kevin, our wonderful guide, was incredibly informative, and we had plenty of time to both learn about the history of the house and family, and explore the 'clutter' of...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Although the home wasn't "old" as many stately homes etc are in the UK but nevertheless offered a fascinating insight into the life and times of its past wealthy owners. The guide was excellent and was able to answer many question me that we had...More

Thank W3Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with a friend and really enjoyed the history of this building. The guide had a wonderful knowledge that she passed on to us. Definitely worth a visit while in Dunedin the tour is about 1 hour long.

Thank SP2210
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Relatively modern historical building but with a lot of features and comments which will surprise. The guide was excellent and was able to answer some tricky questions! We loved it and would thoroughly recommend a visit

Thank Nickademus64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So my husband loves old buildings and this was his pick for our holiday activity, and prior to visiting Olveston I was a bit skeptical whether the entrance fee was worth it....IT TOTALLY WAS. If you love history and old buildings this is a great...More

Thank Bex W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Great place to visit to find more about the life in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th of the century. The house and the furniture, as well as the whole art collection, are just remarkable. Our guide was fantastic, very well informed...More

1  Thank Marija M
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

A visit to Olveston Home is a must. Exceeded my expectations. The house is incredible very interesting with fabulous furniture, fittings, paintings. Kay my guide was knowledgable and very friendly. Highly recommended. Check your times before going as must be guided around.

Thank Ang7676
Management response:Responded 7 August 2017

thanks Kay will be pleased you enjoyed the tour :)

Reviewed 31 July 2017

Tremendous hour spent here being shown around by a very sympathetic and knowledgeable guide (Inge). The history of the family and the house are fascinating, as is the extensive collection of objets d'art.

Thank Sarah P
Management response:Responded 2 August 2017

Many thanks glad you had a great tour :)

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

What a fantastically preserved Home. So interesting and absolutely worth the visit. Our guide was very informative and was able to answer any questions we had.

Thank mjcisme
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We went back to Dunedin to see this place again after visiting it as young backpackers in 1981! We are glad we made the effort. it was even better than our memories afforded us.

Thank gmfj2017
Management response:Responded 24 July 2017

Thanks :)

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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