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 March 02 to March 08

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guipingl from New Zealand wrote on 02 March 2021

Recommend you include it on your visit to Dunedin.

On the third day in Dunedin, I visited Olveston Historic Home which is close to the city centre. I arrived 30 minutes early before the tour began. The gardens are beautiful with plenty of flowers, and is open to the public. It is not allowed to film inside house but is ok to take photos. Olveston Historic Home is a massive house which is beautifully and respectfully maintained and managed. I was impressed to see many antiques collections and amazing paintings. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and made this tour enjoyable. It was also fascinating to know the history of the home, and stories of the Theomin Family, Recommend you include it on your visit to Dunedin.

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Gay from New Zealand wrote on 25 February 2021

Olveston House

Very worth while. Our tour guide was most informative and ableto answer all questions put to him. Loved hearing the history of the house and the gardens were beautiful.

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Gay So pleased that you enjoyed your tour of Olveston and our guide was able to answer your questions. The garden is definitely beautiful at this time of year. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

Craig Hall from New Zealand wrote on 23 February 2021

Worth it

The guided tour makes it very informative and interesting

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Craig A guided tour does allow you to learn more and ask questions compared to just walking around. We are pleased that you found the tour informative and interesting. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

Ivy H from New Zealand wrote on 23 February 2021

Add to your Must Do’s in Dunedin

No trouble with rescheduling our tour when we could not make the original day and time. The staff was very accommodating and gave us a fantastic tour. The house is amazing with beautiful art. Highly recommend!

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Hi Ivy Thank you for taking the time to give feedback on your time at Olveston. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the experience and were able to change your booking to be able to come. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

katelynt from New Zealand wrote on 19 February 2021

Beautiful

Both the house and gardens were absolutely beautiful and the tour guide was very informative about the history and contents of the house. Would definitely go again.

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Hi Kate So pleased that you enjoyed you enjoyed your visit to Olveston. Hopefully we will see you again in the future. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

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