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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour provided by Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour

Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
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About
The Olveston Historic Home is a must-see attraction for any design enthusiast visiting Dunedin. Admire the elegant decor, art, and furnishings of this early 20th-century mansion as you follow a guide through some of its 35 rooms. The informative commentary offers visitors a deeper appreciation for the Jacobean-style architecture.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Admission to the Olveston Historic Home is by guided tour only
  • Admire the fine 20th-century architecture, art, and decor
  • Learn about one of Dunedin’s most prominent families
  • Take your time visiting the seasonal gardens and gift shop
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at the Olveston Historic Home, located near central Dunedin. Embark on a 1-hour tour of the elegant 35-room mansion, completed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George in 1906. Learn about the restoration of the original decor as you hear about the wealthy merchant family that owned the Dunedin home in the early 20th century. Marvel at the fine furniture, decorative art and period pieces on display, and learn about the significant collections including Japanese ceramics and 15th-century Italian paintings. After you’ve been introduced to all the highlights during your docent-led tour of this enchanting time capsule, you’re free to explore the lovely gardens and grounds on your own. Enjoy views of Dunedin and Otago Harbour, and don’t miss the restored Fiat 510 Tourer purchased in 1922.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Admission to the Olveston Historic Home is by guided tour only
  • Admire the fine 20th-century architecture, art, and decor
  • Learn about one of Dunedin’s most prominent families
  • Take your time visiting the seasonal gardens and gift shop
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at the Olveston Historic Home, located near central Dunedin. Embark on a 1-hour tour of the elegant 35-room mansion, completed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George in 1906. Learn about the restoration of the original decor as you hear about the wealthy merchant family that owned the Dunedin home in the early 20th century. Marvel at the fine furniture, decorative art and period pieces on display, and learn about the significant collections including Japanese ceramics and 15th-century Italian paintings. After you’ve been introduced to all the highlights during your docent-led tour of this enchanting time capsule, you’re free to explore the lovely gardens and grounds on your own. Enjoy views of Dunedin and Otago Harbour, and don’t miss the restored Fiat 510 Tourer purchased in 1922.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6802OLVESTON
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Olveston Historic Home
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand At Olveston reception
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • To prevent damaging the wooden floors and original floorcoverings, visitors are asked to refrain from wearing stiletto heel shoes
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 participants per tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No health restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Olveston Historic Home
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand At Olveston reception
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • To prevent damaging the wooden floors and original floorcoverings, visitors are asked to refrain from wearing stiletto heel shoes
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 participants per tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No health restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 9 Oct 2020
A note from Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Small groups on tour with a guide. Sign in or Government app for contact tracing If you have any signs of sickness we will not allow you on tour
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    42 Royal Terrace
    42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    At Olveston reception
    See address & details
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    Olveston Historic Home
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    All tours are guided by our professional staff to give you the ultimate time capsule experience. You will learn about how a wealthy merchant family lived in the early 1900's in Otago's major town, Dunedin, built on gold. Olveston has all its original contents with over 120 art works. After your tour of over 13 spectacular rooms enjoy, in your own time, Olveston's one acre garden which is a Garden of National Significance. Our well stocked gift shop offers many items made locally.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Jennifer W
Auckland10 contributions
Best experience of the day
Aug 2021 • Friends
Loved both the gardens and the guided tour through this glorious house. Jo, our guide, added to the experience with her knowledge and enthusiasm. Will definitely go back
Written 16 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ManagerOlveston
Thank you for your wonderful review, our guides take great pleasure in sharing their knowledge about this jewel on Royal Terrace, Dunedin.
Written 17 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roger B
Toulouse, France1 contribution
Dunedin’s finest!
An absolutely fabulous and authentic historic Dunedin home. Jo is a wonderful guide, she took us back in time to days gone by with her captivating knowledge of all the treasures that the house holds. Couldn’t recommend this activity more highly on a Dunedin visitor’s itinerary!!!
Written 16 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ManagerOlveston
Thank you Roger for you review. Jo is our guide manager and will be so pleased to hear your kind words, Olveston provides an authentic experience in the heart of Dunedin and we appreciate feed back from those who visit.
Written 17 August 2021
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Robyn Hickey
4 contributions
Tour
May 2021 • Friends
The Overton house has been kept the way it was build no new parts all original. The tour was informing. About the history of the house.
The lady tour guide very knowledgeable.
The ground are well kept. I think Overton house was mor interesting than the Larnoch castle to me.
Keep up the good work.
It's a pity a lot of houses like this have gone.
Written 25 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you, Savey4 for sharing your review. We, like you think that Olveston is pretty special and are so pleased we can share the home with visitors to Dunedin.
Written 1 June 2021
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Pam M
Dunedin, New Zealand18 contributions
Lovely house and Gardens
Feb 2021
I am a local and in my retired years. I visited here in my school days and as an adult I got to remember a lot but now apprieciate it more. The guided tour was well done. The infomation about the house and the owners were very on point and we didn't feel rushed. Anyone going are in for a treat and I hope you all come away with a good feeling of visit.
Written 28 February 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you Pam. We are so please you were able to take the time to visit Olveston again, once is never enough as there is so much to see in this wonderful home. Thank you for supporting us.
Written 1 March 2021
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TravelsWithPhillip
Auckland, New Zealand367 contributions
A great place to visit in Dunedin
Feb 2021
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.
Written 26 February 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Hello there Travels, thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your tour and learnt so so much about Olveston Historic Home and the Theomin family.
Written 1 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Traveller
1 contribution
Great guide, great knowledge.
Feb 2021 • Friends
I really enjoyed the knowledge and humour of my guide. She really took an interest in everyone that was on the tour and catered the tour to their needs.
Written 14 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ManagerOlveston
Thank you Surfie, so please you enjoyed your visit to Olveston it was great the guide adapted to the groups needs.
Written 17 February 2021
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NoseFrancescovanEerd
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
Bravo!
Jan 2021
I am impressed that Olveston is being so beautifully and respectfully maintained and managed. and the guided tour was thoroughly enjoyable. Highlights were the Steinway grand piano that can actually be played (!!!) and also the totally unexpected and stunning massive billiard room on the first floor! How on earth did they get that 2 ton billiard table up there??? Or was the room built around it? Forgot to ask.... but just: Wow! Plus the gorgeous motor car in the stable house, the hothouse, the potage garden, it was all just perfect! Well done Olvestonians, keep up the good work.
Written 28 January 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you for your review. Answer to your question, the billiard table was constructed in the room after the house was built. It is such an honor to show guests through Olveston and share this wee gem on Royal Terrace.
Written 31 January 2021
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David H
1 contribution
So interesting...
Jan 2021
Absolutely Fascinating! A treasure trove of antiques, art and items from all over the world in a stunning home set in a beautiful garden. Everything is in place and set exactly as it would have been in a different time. Excellent value for a guided tour. Kay our guide was brilliant. She has a wonderful knowledge of the house and its history. She was very helpful answering questions and especially knowledgeable about the many beautiful and valuable paintings in the house. A must see in Dunedin.
Written 24 January 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you David for your review. Kay will be so pleased to hear you feed back she prides herself on her knowledge of the house, its beautiful contents and the Theomin family.
Written 26 January 2021
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Happy travellers
Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions
Immerse yourself in NZ's version of Downton Abbey
Jan 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful treasure trove of bygone times. We thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour through the house and the chance to step back in time and view actual household items and vintage furniture.
A very informative knowledgeable guide. Dont miss this.
Written 17 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ManagerOlveston
Thank you so much for your review on Olveston historic Home. It truly is like stepping back in time, from the beautiful art collection through to the items the Theomin family collected on their world travels. A prize gem on Royal Terrace.
Written 26 January 2021
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mcavty
Auckland, New Zealand104 contributions
Well worth while.
Jan 2021 • Couples
Lovely well kept garden & super tour of early 1900's NZ house. Was greated by a welcoming lady in the shop who was very knowledgeable & set us up for the tour of the house. The woman who was our guide did a good job pointing out pieces of interest in the house. One would expect after 10 years in the job she would know treat all people equally and not make snide remarks about visitors from Auckland.
Written 12 January 2021
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ManagerOlveston
Thank you so much for your review, our team take great pleasure in showing visitors through Olveston and sharing their knowledge on the Theomin family, Olveston Architecture and contents of the home. I am sorry you felt the the guide was a little off about Aucklanders, maybe it was a southerners attempt of humor. May I say we are thoroughly enjoying all of our domestic visitors, it is so nice to have guests visit from the most Northern through to the most Southern points of the country.
Written 12 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Amazing amazing amazing!
Loved this tour so much. We visited on the 4th of May and our tour guide was so lovely and very thorough! I left fe
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A fascinating place
One of the highlights of Dunedin, an Edwardian house that it is just as it was over a hundred years ago. The guided
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GRAND INTERIOR AND BEAUTIFUL GARDENS.
Olveston Historic Home is a massive house in Dunedin which is lavishly furnished with antiques and exotic fine art.
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Fabulous!
We visited Olveston Historic Home and was both impressed with the knowledge of our tour guide and the truly remarka
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Very interesting tour
Visiting this gorgeous and incredibly well preserved home is a must-do in Dunedin. Very knowledgeable guide.
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Fine living shown in this mansion, gardens, rooms old history and the story of the occupants was great an excellent expe
I arrived 30 minutes before the tour began and roamed and sat in the gardens, loved the hot house and the plants lo
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Well worth a visit
Definitely take the time and do the guided tour as our guide was so knowledgeable, funny, and very personable. The
Myscha
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Not to be missed
Not hard to hike the hill from downtown Octagon. Have a look first at the family car of 1921 that was restored. It'
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Like time stood still
A man on our flight recommended this tour. The owner of this house left it to the City of Dunedin in 1966 and is h
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Fantastic
I’d never even heard of this place before and I used to live in Dunedin as a child! Interesting story and history
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Great historical home!
Had a great tour of this beautiful historical home filled with collections of the owners. Had a real Downton Abbey
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A must do in Dunedin
Amazing house full of its original 1906 furniture and fixtures. A great slice of life from the early 1900s. You c
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A highlight
Absolutely loved the tour of the house so informative. Beautifully decorated rooms by the family that lived there f
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Like a trip back in time!
Beautifully preserved and presented, we were so impressed! The everyday household items and beautiful furniture and
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Well worth the visit!
We were in Dunedin for the weekend and decided to see some of Dunedin’s highlights. Olveston House was sure worth t
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