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“The highlight of our visit to Dunedin central”

Olveston Historic Home
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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Ranked #3 of 85 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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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 15 October 2017

This is a lavish domestic snapshot of the early New Zealand rich merchant class. It was a bit quirky (like the Japanese sword collection greeting visitors) and the expensive bric-a-brac made it feel like a home rather than a display. Our guide was amiable and knowledgeable, but also a bit deaf, and didn’t hear some of our questions. No photos are allowed

Thank Johngrimesh
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thanks for your comment. One of our Guides does wear hearing aids and we will have a discussion with him and suggest that he asks people to make sure he can see him if they ask a question.

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"guided tour"
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"wealthy family"
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"amazing house"
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"old house"
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"grand piano"
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"amazing home"
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"original furniture"
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"downton abbey"
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"step back in time"
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"fascinating insight"
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Wonderful example of yesteryear. Well worth a visit. Guided tours of the house but you are free to wander around the gardens

Thank SuzanneD2031
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The last remaining survivor of this family donated this house and all its possessions to Dunedin. A glorious place to spend some time and marvel at what was collected by the family over the years. Well worth the visit.

Thank Nigel L
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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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