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Olveston Historic Home

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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...more
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42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
+64 800 100 880
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Reviewed 4 days ago

An absolute must do, something one wouldnt have expected in this little city at the bottom of the world. It mat sound boring....oooo just another old house visit.....however once you actually get inside and have the tour thru you will be so glad to have...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a real surprise. Beautiful home and incredible furnishings and decorative items. The best part was our guide...very knowledgeable and so friendly. A great experience.

Thank WilliamWhitmo
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your response. The Guides put a lot of effort into developing their tours and are always pleased to get good feedback, appreciated.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour today and am thankful that this family, in particular, Dorothy, had the wisdom to donate this mansion and all it’s contents to the city of Dunedin. This way we all get a wee glimpse into a life gone by and...More

Thank Thekeenkid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an inside view of old money and how the wealthy lived. Very interesting with many valuable artifacts. Well informed guides give a great tour. A Must see!More

Thank Artieg419
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed the tour. I sometimes wonder how much influence background contributes to the choice of symbols of wealth ie the house décor and some objects. David was a self made business person from a poor back ground but Marie's...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't do any photos/videos inside of the house but that was to preserve the house and the items found within. It was enjoyable to see the different rooms as well as learn about the owners of the house. the outside gardens are beautiful.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a must for me to do whilst in Dunedin. My teenage daughters were dragging their feet not interested, until we walked in! They listened to every word that the informative guide said and one was even invited to play the 112 year old...More

Thank MrsWindy
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We found Olveston a beautiful and well-maintained home/museum. It is a lovely mansion. The garden and greenhouse are wonderfully kept. We took a guided tour which was very informative and well presented. The staff are friendly and professional. They were extremely knowledgeable and answered everyone’s...More

Thank FZLimner
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Thanks appreciated

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a rarity to have the opportunity to see an historic house with the original contents (even down to the wall paper) as if the owners just stepped out of it. The tour guide, Chris, was absolutely brilliant and we got to see the...More

Thank Braddo70
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Thanks for you great review. I will let Chris know you enjoyed her tour.

Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed it. WAY better than I thought it would be. Quite rushed but lots of interesting information and stunning home.More

1  Thank sherbsfamily
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Sorry you felt rushed, there is a lot to get through in one hour. For the majority of people this is about the right amount of time to get a feel for the house and family. As always its a bit of an issue to...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018

For those locals and visitors who love art, collections and have an interest in items of yesteryear, this is the place to visit. Olveston is a stately old home which has been beautifully preserved and is packed with treasures that won't disappoint. The gardens are...More

Thank Janne A
BronwynS260, Manager at Olveston Historic Home, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thanks Janne for the great review. Our Guides put a lot of effort into knowing the family story and back ground of the objects and enjoying passing on the story to visitors.

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March 28, 2018|
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Response from BronwynS260 | Property representative |
Sorry to have missed your question. As per above you are thinking of Larnach Castle.
June 6, 2016|
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Response from Davmoe | Reviewed this property |
No they do not have lunch or refreshments at this wonderful historic home.
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