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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 yesterday

Enjoyed our tour and tour guide, very knowledgeable. The house and the furnishings were very interesting along with the story and history behind them.

Thank Cindi C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really beautiful historic home, well maintained. I loved the tour and I want to go back with my mum who loves art as there is lovely art. Garden is nice too.

Thank danyell_8
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, appreciated.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house, furnishing and decor. The house and everything in it are a snapshot in time, lovingly curated and preserved by the Theomin family, and now by the city of Dunedin. A world-class attraction. Our guide was excellent, the information he shared with us was...More

Thank Sarah53187
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review, appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house is well worth a visit for the view of Dunedin life a century ago, life in the upper echelons of society at least. Original decoration and furnishings and a huge collection of art and artifacts from around the world make every room fascinating....More

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

The house is very full and their is always more to see even when you have been on multiple visits. It is almost impossible to take in everything in one visit., Lucky locals get a chance to come on multiple visits or specialist 2hrs visits....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in Dunedin, this is a must do. The house is beautiful and left as it was when the last owner past away, The collection is of an amazing high standard. The guide tells a lot about the history and the family. It is really...More

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

Thanks for your great review.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is probably one of the if not THE best arts and crafts/British art nouveau house I have ever been to. I went on the tour. The rooms and furnishings are very fine examples of the genre. The history of the family and that period...More

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

Glad you enjoyed you tour so much. Agree there is some great examples of Arts & Craft influence in the house and some lovely at nouveau objects.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

EXCELLENT tour of a well kept Masterpiece of History. Very humbled and honored to walk through a Grand Home. Lovely gardens. The staff were MOST helpful and accommodating to my family with an energetic 2 year old! Thank you very much and THANK YOU for...More

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

Glad you had such a good visit, thanks for the great feedback.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Our guided tour with Emma was fantastic, her commentary presentation made the house and the history come alive. It was great to delve into the past and hear the stories. We were particularly impressed with the dining room and all its settings and the pool...More

Thank Maureen S
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Many thanks for your review, I will let Emma know.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

An amazing homestead with beautiful surrounds. Everything was a stunner. Tracey our guide was clever and informative. She guided us through brilliantly in the allotted hour time frame. She even played the grand piano!! What a highlight. Her knowledge was extensive and she related it...More

Thank Jimmyjue
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Many thanks fir your great review. Yes Tracy plays beautifully :) I'll let her know it was appreciated. Glad your mum enjoyed the visit.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

This is my third visit to this house in the past 10 years. It is absolutely fascinating and very well presented with very passionate guides. This is a must do in Dunedin.

Thank Inverness1966
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thanks for your review, glad the house continues to give you pleasure. All the guides tailor their tours to their area of interest and interest as expressed by visitors. Of course also multiple visits enables you to see different things each time.

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missy b
28 March 2018|
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Response from Bronwyn S | Property representative |
Sorry to have missed your question. As per above you are thinking of Larnach Castle.
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K9NRSE
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.
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Spiderspoon
30 November 2015|
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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
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