Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin

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. Plan to see Olveston Historic Home and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dunedin travel itinerary planner .
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  • We didn’t tour Home but loved the little Gardens. Were on a wonderful tour with Alan from Iconic Tours  more »
  • The tour is inexpensive, and takes about an hour. It would have been better of photos were allowed, but his is understandable given the age of the home and artifacts. Docents are very knowledgeable ab...  more »
  • Amazing history of the house. Take guided tour. Very professional. The inside of the house is mesmerising. I could not believe that it stayed untoched by time for more than 100 years. Just beautiful.  more »
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  • Very rushed tour. You couldn't linger in any room of interest and if you had back problems, you couldn't use any surface for support whilst listening to the guide waffle on. Can't take photos anywhere inside which was a disappointment. The best part was a walk through the garden
  • Awesome place with so much history..all original and well preserved and presented..worth booking in for the tour..staff are excellent and make you feel very welcome
  • Beautifully preserved home with original furnishings art and porcelain that the owners collected throughout their lifetime knowledgeable friendly guides take you on a tour throughout the house or you can wander through the beautiful Gardens for free
  • This was the highlight of our visit to Dunedin central, a lavish domestic snapshot of the early New Zealand rich merchant class. It was a bit quirky (like the Japanese sword collection greeting visitors) and the expensive bric-a-brac made it feel like a home rather than a display. Our guide was amiable and knowledgeable, but also a bit deaf, and didn’t hear some of our questions
  • Interesting home of a wealthy piano dealer. Good guided tour and very nice garden.

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