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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
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stunning Historical home. Beautifully displayed and informative guide. Sadly on our day it was extremely crowded with tours and some rooms we seemed to stall in and others felt rushed and I think we may have missed one or two rooms while somehow we did...More

Thank Judy R
Reviewed 3 days ago

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...More

Thank Johngrimesh
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Suzanne D
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank ezekiel w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Martin A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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...More

Thank CatStephens16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Guided tour was exceptional. Tour guide had solid knowledge about the house and was passionate about ensuring the tour was enjoyable. Great gift shop and obviously dedicated staff made this house a pleasure to visit. The gardens were also outstanding.

Thank C4Chezza
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November 30, 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