Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin
(4.7/5 based on 550+ 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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  • most enjoyable. So much artwork and opulence to see. Almost Upstairs anx Downstairs or Downton Abby. Lovely gardens to saunter around and so great value gifts in the little shol 
  • Wow, this was fantastic. It was the best tour in a long time. We lucked in, in that we just missed the 9:30 tour time but because there was a cruise ship in Port Charmers and tours from the ship, they...  more »
  • Quite amazing to see a home with all the original furnishings from the owners. Fee was reasonable for the tour but photography was not allowed inside. Grounds and an antique car were very nice. 
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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.