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“wonderful old home in residential area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home
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$23.37*
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Theomin Art Collection Guided Tour
Ranked #4 of 104 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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“wonderful old home in residential area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

very eclectic and accentric furnishings especially with the artwork. Having been built and owned by one family and bequethed by the daughter with her death in 1966...the house is truly "as'is" when the family lived there. If you enjoy going through old homes (this one was built around in 1905), you will love this one...and extra added bonus is the beautiful back yard

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

Even for Brits who have seen many old houses this is interesting. You can only go round with a guide, who are very knowledgeable. Varied selection of artefacts in the house.

Visited March 2014
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful old house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Arrived here early on Sunday morning, glad we did as there was about 8 people on our tour but 25-30 on the next one! The guide was really informative about the family and how they lived in the house and it was lovely to see all the original art work and collections of the family. A really 'must do' tour while you are in the region, and good value for money too.

Visited March 2014
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Auckland
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

It is Well worth a visit to this stunning home to see how the other half lived at the turn of the 20th century in Dunedin which at the time was by far the most prosperous city in New Zealand.

Visited September 2013
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“Geeat Bit of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

We went to Olveston House yesterday absolutely amazing wonderful place full of so much history and Sue our guide was such a treat to listen too. A definite on your list while in Dunedin.

Visited March 2014
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