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Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

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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 $20.50
Child $11.50

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 duration for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Infants aged 0-5 free.

    Child price applies to ages 6-16.

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

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  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

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  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

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  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

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  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

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  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$22.00
  • Child$12.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$11.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$11.00
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$11.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$11.00
  • Child$12.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$11.00
  • Child$12.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$11.00
  • Child$12.00

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

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Nilanthi from New Zealand wrote on 20 August 2018

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Fascinating history and beautiful furnishings

I was lucky enough to get a one-on-one tour of this grand, historic house as it was low tourist season. The tour guide was wonderful with a vast knowledge of the history and the details and was able to answer all my questions. I have been to old historic houses in the UK, Europe and Australia but for some reason this resonated with me the most. Maybe it was the sheer beauty of the decor and furnishings and the fact that there were artifacts from all over the world. Thank you for keeping this place open to the public. This is definitely a must-visit site if visiting Dunedin!

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Nilanthi We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Olveston experience. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

Barbara Prain from Australia wrote on 29 October 2017

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Excellent Tour

Well worth a visit. A really interesting piece of Dunedin’s history with an extremely informative guide, Kevin.

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Paul from United Kingdom wrote on 27 October 2017

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Colonial grandeur conserved

An excellent guided tour led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. The house and gardens are magnificent and would only be improved by the addition of a small cafe in the basement or gardens.

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Annemarie from New Zealand wrote on 05 March 2018

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Dunedin

A good tour. A rich man's house. A bit boring but I have been all over Europe and seen more. Good for nz to have this in dunedin.

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Davina from New Zealand wrote on 28 August 2016

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History at its finest

Our tour was amazing. House is truly a gem. In the middle of Dunedin and our tour was informative and gave us a real look at the family and life back then. My 11 year old found this really interesting. Great job those of you who keep this history for us to enjoy.

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