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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 10 September 2011

I did the tour on my own - 1 hour in a house where you cannot touch anything was not for my husband and 6 year old son. It was so interesting, lovingly preserved, informative. I will go again should I ever get to Dunedin....More

2  Thank CarinJapie
Reviewed 6 April 2011

Olveston was recommended to us by our B&B host Angela and we were every grateful she did. This is a house that does not look like a museum but looks as if the owners have just popped out and will be back any moment. Be...More

5  Thank 2Canberratravellers
Reviewed 14 March 2011

Locals recommended this over a visit to Larnach Castle and we just loved it. So unique, the home looked like the family were just in another room, a treasure trove with something for everyone. The innovations used were fascinating for the times. Very interesting tour...More

3  Thank YarraVictoria
Reviewed 16 January 2011

We thought Olveston House was an exceptionally interesting house to visit. There are so many treasures there and so much history, it is hard to take it all in. The guide was very informative and willing to answer any questions. We wish our City Highlights...More

2  Thank Sandi011
Reviewed 10 September 2010

I think this place would be interesting to anyone - i was surprised... These people were really advanced for their era with all the mod cons... the house is an unusual design with some really lovely rooms - what i would give to have the...More

3  Thank 13thDragon
Reviewed 22 March 2010

We have visited many, many National Trust properties in the UK and this is a real gem not to be missed when visiting Dunedin. All the items in Ulverston belonged to the family who built it and then bequeathed it to the city (who tried...More

2  Thank SuttonHill
Reviewed 28 May 2009

We had relatives mention Olveston as a place to see when in Dunedin, originally our plans didn't include it. We turned up just before midday to have a look, not realising it was by guided tour only. Luckily the next tour was about to start...More

3  Thank nqnz
Reviewed 1 March 2009

Very nice place to visit. Great set up of the house, it's in perfect condition and the tour guide is very informative. Wouldn't advise taking young kids as there is a lot, and i mean a lot, of breakables and very expensive items they could...More

4  Thank pink_sar8
Reviewed 14 April 2008

You need to book for this tour. We went on the 9.30am session. The tour was about 45 minutes and cost NZ$15. There were either two or three groups of 10 people doing it at that time. No photos allowed and cell phones off. Probably...More

2  Thank Dee1947
Reviewed 3 December 2004

Olverston was an awesome tour, I loved it!! Some amazing pictures and all the families bits and pieces really look like they have popped out to the garden to collect herbs for the evening meal. A really astounding example of the family who lived here,...More

4  Thank BOB111
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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