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Olveston Historic Home

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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...more
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42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

This stately and lovingly well kept home is filled with fine antiques. The manicured gardens made our hearts sing and the friendly docents charmed us. The map made it appear closer and the rather steep uphill walk from the visitors center caused us to arrive...More

Thank Bonnie R
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Great house, we were luck to be the only two doing the tour. The tour was great & the young lady doing it knew all the details.

Thank algor50
Reviewed 11 April 2013

We really enjoyed our tour of the mansion. It is like stepping into a time capsule. It is amazing that when the property was donated that it was so intact with all the personal possessions that were collected over the years.

Thank Kathleen R
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Olveston very worthwhile visit. They had lots of furniture and ornaments which you do not usually see in old houses. Well maintained and tour guide lovely

1  Thank HewettNewZealand
Reviewed 6 April 2013

This is a must do attraction while in Dunedin - an opportunity to revisit the life and times of a upper middle class family of the early 20th century in Dunedin. The staff were right on their game and could not have been more helpful...More

Thank Colin G
Reviewed 5 April 2013

This is a gem, on our list as a must visit before we left UK. It is great that the house has been retained for us to enjoy and to learn the history of the period. Access is only available via 1hour guided tours(chargeable) but...More

1  Thank onholidayalways
Reviewed 1 April 2013

This is the best collection of original artefacts of a bygone day ever. The house and contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin and guided tours are available every day.

Thank JaniceT796
Reviewed 29 March 2013

This is a fascinating, historic house. The tour guide was very informative and her love for this very interesting place was quite obvious. So glad it has been saved for the people of Dunedin.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 26 March 2013

Went on a tour of the Olveston with my parent-in-laws. For the amount of money we paid for the tour, it was a very short tour and covered only 1/3rd of the house. It's ok if you really like historic homes, but I felt the...More

Thank Iko I
Reviewed 25 March 2013

Our guide is very informative and enthusiastic. We enjoyed the tour very much and learnt a lot about the life back in time. Only wish we can spend a little more time in each room to look at the collectables.

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missy b
28 March 2018|
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Response from BronwynS260 | Property representative |
Sorry to have missed your question. As per above you are thinking of Larnach Castle.
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.
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