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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 23 March 2013

The guided tour of Olveston historic house was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I wish it could have gone on for longer. There is so much to see in each room that the one hour tour wasn't long enough for me, as I wanted to...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Splendid! A historic house with everything still in place from the original owner. I also contacted the House later with a research question of my own and received a prompt and detailed reply. Worth the hike up the hill!

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Reviewed 6 March 2013

My wife and I loved our visit. The guide was passionate and the antiques fascinating. The house also gave an interesting insight into the social history of the time.More

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Olveston_House, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2013

Dear downunderman69, Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about you recent visit to Olveston. We are really pleased you enjoyed your time with us. All the staff at Olveston are very proud and passionate about Olveston and its collection, which as...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2013

The house is big and beautiful and well restored. The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. An excellent bit of history.

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Reviewed 13 February 2013

We were on the first tour of the day and only a small group which was great. Having a guided tour meant you learnt a lot about the building and previous owners, but would have been nice to be able to spend more time in...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2013

A fantastic example of a house of its times - all authentic. Every modern convenience of the day, probably made possible by the fact that the original owner was an importer - kitchen equipment hasn't improved as much as you think!

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Reviewed 4 February 2013

We only heard about Olveston house from a friend, there were no brochures to be found anywhere, which is a shame as this lovely house needs to be seen. We made our way by car up to Olveston were we parked on the street. We...More

1  Thank Simon G
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

This property is probably the most complete for it's period in the country. It really has the Downton Abbey feel about it. The staff were so friendly and knowledgable. If you're in Dunedin don't miss visiting here.

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Reviewed 30 January 2013

This one hour guided tour of a fascinating historic house is really worthwhile. Our guide, Erica, was very well informed and interested in the family who built and lived at Olveston before bequeathing it to the community. This is a heritage house that still feels...More

Thank LeeF62
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

I loved my visit to Olveston! The garden is gorgeous, and it's simply a very unique house with a lot of things to see! Recommended to all visitors and residents of Dunedin!

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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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