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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 yesterday

We didn't know what to expect before we went to visit this home, but when we got there found if most interesting with the guide telling us all about the place. The house is wonderfully kept and has a lot of history about it. It...More

Thank SomerET
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a charming house owned by Olveston family who came to Dunedin in early 20th century. It is worth seeing how well to do people lived in those days. The grounds are big with nice gardens, they have even maintained some of their cars....More

Thank Kalindi D
Reviewed 5 days ago

The garden was lovely, very well maintained. Didn't go inside the house, just wandered around. Only need a short time there.

Thank Lesley1-1956
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn’t tour Home but loved the little Gardens. Were on a wonderful tour with Alan from Iconic Tours

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is inexpensive, and takes about an hour. It would have been better of photos were allowed, but his is understandable given the age of the home and artifacts. Docents are very knowledgeable about the home. The contents are spectacular. Outside grounds are beautiful...More

Thank CarolSteve95726
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Many thanks for your review and understanding about photography. We trialled visitors taking photographs but as the house is so full of items most people could not keep track of objects to their back or side and we increased our risk level for damage.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing history of the house. Take guided tour. Very professional. The inside of the house is mesmerising. I could not believe that it stayed untoched by time for more than 100 years. Just beautiful.

Thank Monika T
Bronwyn S, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review. Yes it is probably one of few original and authentic places to visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic preserved home left like a slice of time from the late 1800's. Tour with small group of about 12 and a guide who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable lasted about an hour. Home is fantastic and shows what you could do if money was no...More

Thank rammd01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our tiki tour of Dunedin, left 14 bus at Pitt Street and walled up hill to house. Walled around garden, which was beautiful and we'll tended. Didn't bother going in

Thank Natalie K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was just a delightful place. I went on a tour (4 people) of the house and then spent half an hour in the garden - it was just gorgeous, and so interesting because it was never modernised and was left complete to the people...More

1  Thank emah
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent experience well worth the $20. The house is incredibly well maintained as are the gardens and the old car on display in the garage. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer any questions. This is the 2nd time I've visited and...More

Thank RobynR
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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