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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 15 March 2012

Olveston is a rather grand Edwardian home, built and lived in by just one family. It is totally authentic. The house and furnishings are just as the family left them. Visitors cannot wander round unaccompanied; you must go on the guided tour. Our guide was...More

Thank LizfromNSW
Reviewed 12 March 2012

.Olveston is Dunedin's Historic 35 room Mansion. It was built by David and Marie Theomin in 1905. They lived there with their two children Dorothy and Edward. When Dorothy died in 1966 she left this home and all its contents to the City of Dunedin....More

Thank 977
Reviewed 2 March 2012

The house was just lovely everything inside was well looked after and the gift shop inside had some cute things. The lady that showed us around the house was very knowledgeable about the history of the house. Im glad that we visited =)

Thank leahpeah15
Reviewed 21 February 2012

This is quite a short tour of just under an hour. The house is presented by enthusiastic volunteers

Thank ginadigger
Reviewed 15 February 2012

What a jewel this house is. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Olveston House. The tour was excellent and the tour guide superb. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of such a lovely house and intrigued with the history of the family. I fell in love...More

Thank Hollbez
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Electic collection of one Dunedin family's beautiful artwork, furniture and lifestyle, at the turn of the last century. Fascinating information about the only family who have owned and lived in house. Beautifully kept with a real cherished and valued feel throughout.

Thank Dawn W
Reviewed 8 February 2012

This was value for money. a great tour by very knowledgable guides. a beautiful home full of history. well worth a visit.

Thank Penny C
Reviewed 5 February 2012

i found this place interesting but also boring, there was no oomph in the way it was being sold as a product.

Thank Sophie M
Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is a marvelous example of a perfectly maintained 1900 household. Think about walking into a room from Downtown Abbey. A true gem in the heart of an Beautiful City

Thank Marc S
Reviewed 30 January 2012

Olveston is simply amazing. Build in England and shipped out at the turn of the century. Fully authentic right down to the library books. Filled with amazing artifacts collected from around the world. And they let you play on the Steinway Grand.

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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