Olveston Historic Home
Olveston Historic Home
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Margot N
Wellington, New Zealand20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Visiting Olveston House is essential for anyone eager to immerse themselves in a slice of history. As soon as I entered, I felt like I had stepped back in time to an era where etiquette and manners were pivotal. The setting was so authentic, I almost felt underdressed. Our tour guide, Kevin, was a wealth of knowledge. Feel free to ask him anything about the house, its interiors, or the family who built and lived there; he has all the answers. Also, don’t forget to pick up one of the beautiful blue and white, kitchen-themed tea towels from the gift shop before you leave.
Written 14 April 2024
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Trevor H
Christchurch, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Could wish for no more- the tour guide was excellent, the house was incredible. And the greenhouse to the side of the main house was worth viewing- and for those who enjoy vintage cars the old Fiat car- I think 1912- is truly incredible.
Written 13 April 2024
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Katep1954
Gold Coast, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A very interesting tour, particularly if you are interested in art and a huge selection of amazing artefacts from around the turn of the last century. A very knowledgeable guide took the tour and was full of information. A beautiful old house perfectly preserved.
Written 29 March 2024
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Thank you for your five-star review Katep
Written 7 April 2024
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Carl S
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Greeted at the door by a fun and vibrant young chap, and taken on tour by a woman who definitely knew her onions.
It's a stunning example of an Edwarian home, left set up just as it was and ready to be live in again. The gardens have been nicely kept too, well worth a pre- or post-tour wander.
Unlike may historic homes, there are no family dramas or ghost sightings; just the remnant of a seemingly typical upper class Edwardian family.
I really enjoyed this tour!
Written 23 March 2024
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So, pleased you enjoyed your tour.
Written 7 April 2024
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FarAway471280
Oxfordshire, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Interesting contents and Chris was brilliant throughout. Recommended for anyone that is interested in Victorian and Edwardian history.
Written 23 March 2024
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Thank you for your review. We will pass on your kind words to Chris.
Written 7 April 2024
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Jeff
Canberra, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visiting Olveston House was the highlight of visiting Dunedin. It was superior to other historic homes. We especially enjoyed the greenhouse and surrounding gardens. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Overall, it a gave a complete snapshot of life as it used to be.
Written 20 March 2024
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Thank you for your five-star review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written 7 April 2024
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OnAir439560
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Sunday the 17th March 2.45pm tour.
The house and contents were amazing. The lady at the front desk reception was very nice. The tour was too short but I guess you can pay for a longer one. The reason for the poor review was the guide. Several times she made patronising responses to questions asked. At the end she asked if there were any questions and guess what ? Nobody wanted to ask any ! I checked out with one of the other people on the tour and they also didn’t feel she was good.
I presume she’s a volunteer but even so she needs some retraining.
Written 16 March 2024
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Hello Onair43 I am so sorry you felt you were patronised. I will speak to the staff member on shift that afternoon and share your experience with them to ensure this does not happen in future. Thank you for your feedback.
Written 7 April 2024
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John Kelly
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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 merchant in question made his fortune in the unlikely business of importing pianos!

When the last family member died, the house was left to the city on condition it remained unchanged. This included the building itself plus all the contents. The result is a genuinely authentic house and beautiful house into which you could move today.

The staff are very knowledgeable about the house and very welcoming. The garden is beautiful too.

A must visit place if you are going to Dunedin.
Written 16 March 2024
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Lindy G
Yamba, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Absolutely loved this tour. The house is magnificently kept and the tour guide was so knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommend
Written 16 March 2024
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Colourqueen
Melbourne, Australia325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So glad we visited Olverston House.
We booked for the guided tour of the house which was well worth doing.
You can book online, there are several times each day.
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the home itself and the family history .
It’s a beautiful house and really is a “must see” in Dunedin.
After the tour, or before, you can wander through the stunning garden and also have a look at the restored vintage car that the family owned. Plus there is a lovely gift shop.
Written 8 March 2024
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Thank you so much for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed you visit to Olveston Historic Home.
Written 10 March 2024
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