Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin

(4.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Built for a wealthy merchant family, Olveston Historic Home showcases the upscale lifestyle during the country's Edwardian period. Commissioned by early 20th century resident David Theomin, the luxurious house boasts 35 rooms, electrical appliances and other features cutting-edge in their time--plus a rich Jacobean-style exterior decorated with stone and tiles. Inside you'll find an array of opulent furnishings, grand halls, and interior balconies. Join a guided tour, held six times daily, to learn more about the house, its gardens, and its residents. Consider making your reservations ahead of time, as the tours set limits on the number of participants. To visit Olveston Historic Home on your trip to Dunedin, use our Dunedin family vacation planner.
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  • This magnificent home and grounds belonged to a prominent business family from the 1900's. They had no heirs and the property was left largely as it was when gifted to the city. The guides are extreme...  more »
  • Enjoying 'historic houses', we were keen to visit Olveston but as we were only two days into driving our (large!) Campervan, I was apprehensive about finding somewhere to park. There was a metered bay...  more »
  • Did a tour of this beautiful home. Very interesting. Our guide was very informative and had great knowledge on this house and the fascinating family that lived there. The garden was beautiful as well....  more »
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  • History of yesteryear. A great example of the 1900s in Dunedin. Well worth the visit.
  • It was long ago that I visited this wonderful old home. Beautifully presented a time long ago. When rich folks had servants, and the household was run to schedule. Delivery people had their own entrance and fraternising with house maids was frowned upon. The furniture and devote kept in pristine condition as are the gardens and surrounds. A wonderful place to visit and take a walk through another era and learn of some secrets and stories that houses such as Olveston can tell. Our guide was informative revealing some interesting anecdotes about this amazing house.
  • Amazing place,and a nice history.
  • Attractive and fascinating historic home
  • Had a look around as part of a community walk and found the place to be lovely. Plan to return and do the guided tour to learn more about the place. Highly recommend people to check the place out.