Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

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 $24.00
Child $13.00

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 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 May 15 to May 21

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Maria Hines from New Zealand wrote on 12 May 2021

Guided Tour of Olveston House

...We only had a short couple of spare hours in Dunedin late on the afternoon we arrived and I wasn't sure whether we should book this guided tour or not. So pleased we did - it was conveniently just a few minutes away in the central city area and was so interesting! Our guide was superb and clearly loved what he does. What a beautiful special place to visit. Thank you (and thank you to the family who gifted this to the city to keep going as a historic place, what a treasure)

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Maria Thank you so much for taking the time to give feedback on your tour of Olveston. We are so pleased that you decided to take the tour and that you enjoyed it so much. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

christined2 from New Zealand wrote on 01 May 2021

Stately Old Lady

We really enjoyed our visit to Olveston House. Dunedin is so lucky to have this gem. As well as the furniture we also enjoyed all the original paintings. A must see if you are in Dunedin.

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Christine Dunedin is, as you say, lucky to have Olveston - an authentic experience in the heart of Dunedin. We are glad you enjoyed the furniture and the painting. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

jeliaa from New Zealand wrote on 30 April 2021

Beauiful Mansion

Very informative tour. Well maintained mansion. Over a hundred years ago this house had conveniences well ahead of its time. Owners made excellent use of their resouces to experience a quality lifestyle then donated everything to the city of Dunedin. Regretted that we left our rental car at hotel as it was an uphill walk.

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Jelia We are glad you had an informative tour and appreciated the well cared for mansion. The Theomins certainly had all the modern conveniences of the time. Although Olveston is in the central city it is uphill to get here. The upside is it is all downhill on the way back! Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

cik0519 from New Zealand wrote on 29 April 2021

Great Tour!

Very good experience, our guide is friendly, informative, and helpful. We really enjoyed it.

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi So pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Olveston and found the guide friendly and helpful. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

flo from New Zealand wrote on 14 April 2021

Just gorgeous

Thoroughly enjoyed the architecture, decor, history and friendly informative Staff at this special place. Will go again as there is so much to see. A bonus is that there was easy access and free parking

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Thank you Flo So pleased your enjoyed the tour, your right once is never enough. Jan - Manager

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