Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Built in 1904 for wealthy businessman and collector Mr. David Theomin, Olveston historic home is a treasure trove of fine art and artefacts purchased from all over the world.

Highlights

  • Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George
  • Furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world
  • 35 rooms to explore with a galleried atrium and ballroom
  • Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century.

The house and its contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin following the death of Mr Theomin’s daughter and the home was opened for the public to enjoy in 1966.

This fascinating guided tour of Olveston will depict for you the lives of an upper class family in the early twentieth century.

Come and see for yourself the grace and grandeur of Olveston – An iconic Dunedin building and unique heritage experience in New Zealand.

Location: Royal Terrace, Dunedin

Adult $24.00
Child $13.00

What's included

  • Be led by trained tour guides who have answers to all your questions
  • Visitor parking permit if required
  • The gardens and gift shop at Olveston are open to the public free of charge

Duration

  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience

Location

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Infants aged 0-5 free.

    Child price applies to ages 6-16.

Available Bookings from January 23 to January 29

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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sw875189 from New Zealand wrote on 17 January 2022

Historic

Excellent tour of beautiful historic home

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Thank you for your 5 star review. We are so glad you enjoyed Olveston Historic Home.

samantham14 from New Zealand wrote on 16 January 2022

Olveston house

Stunning house, great history the tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. I highly recommend.

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Hello Samantham14, thank you for your review. We are so pleased you found your guide informative and friendly. We will pass your kind words on to them. Olveston is one of Dunedin's finest and a home we love to share with visitors. Jan Olveston Manager

stephaniea2 from New Zealand wrote on 30 December 2021

Fabulous place

Thoroughly enjoyed tour. The hour went by v fast. Guide very knowledgeable and knew about every artwork on the walls. House in immaculate condition down to all the original cutlery, china, silverware etc. Fabulous oak furniture, silk embroideries, oils and watercolours by nz and european artists. Nice gardens and an immaculately restored vintage car too. I didnt realise but you can book for a private high tea in the house if you are in a group of 20+. Very reasonably priced. It would be a fantastic experience.

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Thank you Stephanie for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour. Our guides are very proud of Olveston and thoroughly enjoy sharing their knowledge with guests. Safe travels.

karent20 from New Zealand wrote on 30 December 2021

A great time had by all..

This was a great tour run by very informative staff, the history of this house was very interesting and we all enjoyed our visit. ❤

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hello Karen, thank you for visiting Olveston Historic Home. The guides love showing guests around this wee gem on Royal Terrace, so glad you enjoyed your tour.

Jeannine from New Zealand wrote on 22 December 2021

Worth a visit

Beautiful house, interesting tour, lovely gardens!

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Thank you Jeannine for your feed back . Olveston is a very interesting home and the gardens are so beautiful this time of year.

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