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 September 18 to September 24

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

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Richard Atwill from New Zealand wrote on 18 August 2021

Awesome

Awesome to see that all the family's belongings have kept for us to view

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Richard Yes, it is wonderful that all the Olveston contents were gifted along with the house for us all to enjoy. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

Ting Ting from New Zealand wrote on 17 August 2021

Great tour

The tour is informative and our guide is very friendly. Highly recommended.

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From Olveston Historic Home - Guided Tour

Hi Ting We are pleased that you found the Olveston guided tour informative and your guide friendly. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

cathys1 from New Zealand wrote on 09 August 2021

Informative and fun

My husband wasn't keen but ended up throughly enjoying the tour, our guide was informative about the history of the house while also fantastic in describing the Family and the background to the building of the house and the providence of the many gorgeous items and their importance to their standing in the community.

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Hi Cathy We are pleased that we exceeded your husbands expectations during your visit to Olveston. There is certainly so much to see and learn about the family, the building, contents and relationship in the community. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

deboraha2 from New Zealand wrote on 01 August 2021

Great tour

Really enjoyed this tour, guide was informative and had lots of funny stories so it didnt feel too heavy going. House was amazing, would def recommend

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Hi Deborah Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your guided tour of Olveston and found it informative but also funny and not too heavy. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

Deborah from New Zealand wrote on 01 July 2021

Not to be missed!

Fascinating old house with a lot of mementos from the past. Great guided tour. Oh to live a life like the occupants of this house did!

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Hi Deborah, Olveston certainly has substantial items from the past to view on tour. We are pleased that you found the tour great. Thank you for taking the time to give a review. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens

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