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Olveston Historic Home

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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...more
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42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed today

Couldn't do any photos/videos inside of the house but that was to preserve the house and the items found within. It was enjoyable to see the different rooms as well as learn about the owners of the house. the outside gardens are beautiful.

Thank cloudfire181
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a must for me to do whilst in Dunedin. My teenage daughters were dragging their feet not interested, until we walked in! They listened to every word that the informative guide said and one was even invited to play the 112 year old...More

Thank MrsWindy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found Olveston a beautiful and well-maintained home/museum. It is a lovely mansion. The garden and greenhouse are wonderfully kept. We took a guided tour which was very informative and well presented. The staff are friendly and professional. They were extremely knowledgeable and answered everyone’s...More

Thank FZLimner
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks appreciated

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a rarity to have the opportunity to see an historic house with the original contents (even down to the wall paper) as if the owners just stepped out of it. The tour guide, Chris, was absolutely brilliant and we got to see the...More

Thank Braddo70
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for you great review. I will let Chris know you enjoyed her tour.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed it. WAY better than I thought it would be. Quite rushed but lots of interesting information and stunning home.More

1  Thank sherbsfamily
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sorry you felt rushed, there is a lot to get through in one hour. For the majority of people this is about the right amount of time to get a feel for the house and family. As always its a bit of an issue to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For those locals and visitors who love art, collections and have an interest in items of yesteryear, this is the place to visit. Olveston is a stately old home which has been beautifully preserved and is packed with treasures that won't disappoint. The gardens are...More

Thank Janne A
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Janne for the great review. Our Guides put a lot of effort into knowing the family story and back ground of the objects and enjoying passing on the story to visitors.

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Although Dunedin is my hometown, I am ashamed to say that today was my first time to tour Olveston. I just can’t recommend this highly enough. The hour of the tour disappears as you are transported back to a past era, but with firm roots...More

Thank AngelHell
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review, appreciated. Always good to have the support of locals (both present and previous)

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Love this place amazing tour guides I had mr flarety professional, knowledgeable polished and our group for enthralled with his knowledge and story telling . If you love anything old world , historic bit to mention amazing garden do go. A treasure and amazing restoration...More

Thank MadsenCo
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Many nthanks fior your great review, appreciated

Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

I have wanted to go and view Olveston House since we arrived in Dunedin, and I was certainly not disappointed. The gardens and house are beautifully maintained, nearly original to how the house was left to the City in 1967. The guided tour is excellent,...More

Thank karencookson
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Thanks for the great review, appreciated.

Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

It was so enjoyable and totally fascinating- I loved every room and the stories accompanying each. No pictures allowed but I can remember everything in my mind because it was so well presented and made me wished that I lived in the house when it...More

Thank TsiewO
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2018

Thanks for your great review, appreciated.

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missy b
28 March 2018|
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Response from BronwynS260 | Property representative |
Sorry to have missed your question. As per above you are thinking of Larnach Castle.
6 June 2016|
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Response from Davmoe | Reviewed this property |
No they do not have lunch or refreshments at this wonderful historic home.
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