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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 6 March 2018 via mobile

An amazing asset to this great city. The guided tour was very well done and a great insight to the family’s life . A must visit !!!!

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Thanks for your review appreciated

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The Olveston Historic Home is a great place to visit to get a sense of life in the early 1900s. The Theomin family were importers and developed a wonderful collection of art from around the world.

Thank Sandra T
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

What an amazing look back in time at how the top 1% lived. The house and grounds have been left intact with the original furniture, artifacts, etc. Charming guides help answer the many questions you are sure to have.

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for your review :)

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

A must see in Dunedin. The family home of the Theomin family has been preserved as a tourist attraction. The home contains artefacts from all over the globe and includes a Moroccan smoking den with a viewing window high above the foyer/ballroom.

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thanks for your review, appreciated.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This visit is listed as one of the top ten things to do in Dunedin and they are right! Fascinating place with everything left as if the family still lived there. The guide was really knowledgeable as well and talked a lot about the history...More

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you fior your review, appreciated

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

A villa of a rich family built and furnished at the beginning of 20th century. A guided tour gives a perfect idea how affluent people lived in Dunedin hundred years ago. You really feel the atmosphere, you see all the details which are unbelievably well...More

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Wonderful ! thank you

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

with 47 others on Coach Tour, Premises spectacular to see, both inside (with original furniture) and the gardens. A must see if in Dunedin

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Many thanks for you review, appreciated.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Olveston House is located high on the hill overlooking Dunedin, and provides a wonderful window into history. The guided tour of the house includes both front and back of house, and the modernity of the house at the time it was built is evident. The...More

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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Many thanks for your great review, appreciated.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

A very enjoyable tour with a very experienced guide who had excellent knowledge of the property. A lovely home complete with all the past owners furniture etc which made this so interesting.

Thank Rae C
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

I did this as part of a shore tour on a cruise. This was an absolutely gorgeous house with pretty much all its original items with some items such as wallpaper and carpets being replicated, due to the daughter of the man who owned the...More

Thank KimAnnHam
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Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thanks appreciate your understanding re the photographs. We experimented with allowing people to take images but with the rooms so "cluttered"it was easy for people to knock objects while trying to get the perfect shot. Its also very distracting for those not taking photos.

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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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