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“Travelling back in time...”

Olveston Historic Home
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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
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Half-Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour
Ranked #4 of 112 things to do in Dunedin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This house was very big and it also described the richness of a man the house lasted for a long time but there are some GREAT things in the house like Japanese weapons and priceless cutlery set out on an antique table. The guide was very kind and allowed me to play on the Steinway piano. (I think its the name of the piano)

Thank ezekiel w
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

A lovely old house with all original furniture. Old fiat car in garage. Cottage gardens up on the hill above the city.

Thank Theresa N
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Olveston house is a historic home of a business man and his family preserved in time as a monument and attraction.

Architecturally, a wonderful specimen and filled with antiques and wonderful historic household items, Olveston House is a good place to go on a guided tour and learn how people once lived - and some probably still do.

The grounds are grand the the tours informative. This is an old-fashioned tourist attraction that connects the past to the present.

Thank Martin A
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

It was extremely interesting and guide Jenny was very informative. Everything in the home is original and absolutely fascinating to see and learn about. This house is an absolute treasure and definite must-see!

(P.S. We're sorry our grandma knocked over your teaspoons.)

Thank Bt002014
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely visit to Olveston recently. Kevin, our tour guide, was very accommodating given the limited time we had to spend at the homestead. His knowledge of the house's history and ability to share its story were first class. The house has been beautifully restored and maintained and will provide visitors a rare glimpse into Dunedin's past and the experiences of the family. The gardens are small but also lovely.

Thank CatStephens16
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