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Olveston Historic Home

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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 9 January 2013

We viewed this house in a small group and were impressed by the informative guide who made an effort to involve everyone (for example, by pointing out art or objects from their country). This is a very interesting property and I highly recommend that you...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2013

This was a well run tour of an interesting Victorian house. We did a bus tour of the city which included this house tour. While the bus trip was interesting, the house tour was by far the most interesting part.

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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Olveston House is a twenty minute walk from the Octagon in the city centre, and is an absolutely worthwhile site to visit whilst in Dunedin! The only way to see inside the house is to make a reservation to join a tour - their website...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2012

Forget about Larnach Castle (which is not a castle, and which is filled with non-original furniture); Olveston is the real deal! This historic home has been preserved meticulously since the day it was built. Excellent guided tours.

2  Thank Henry M
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

This stunning house and history was a genuine highlight to our visit in Dunedin.Our Intimate tour (need to book time) conducted with knowledge and fab stories of the family who built the house and collections in it. The garden and garage complete with vintage car...More

2  Thank 101foodi
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

Olveston is a very quaint period home. Not too expensive and the guided tour was excellent. We walked from the city, would take a car next time as it is a very steep walk.

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Reviewed 4 December 2012

A stately home that is well worth a visit. There are not any like this in NZ. Guide was very informative

1  Thank Del B
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

great place to visit, if you like stately homes along with its history..staff are very good on their knowledge and ts not boring.

1  Thank marsh516
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

A truly authentic English Edwardian house in authentic condition and full of the furniture of its period

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Reviewed 26 November 2012

Olveston House is an absolute must if you visit Dunedin. It is worth the entrance fee and definitely the time. The guide was well informed and and being a small group we had the opportunity to ask about the family who lived there and the...More

1  Thank ticrdt
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missy b
28 March 2018|
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Response from Ethel Y | Reviewed this property |
definitely not a place that you can stay..☺
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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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