Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  New Zealand  /  South Island  /  Otago Region  /  Dunedin  /  Sightseeing  /  Olveston Historic Home
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.
Create a full Dunedin itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Dunedin

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Dunedin by other users

8 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HUNGARY February, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALTA July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, teens, popular PREFERENCES: February, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Dunedin BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HONG KONG January, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in South Pacific BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Our hotelier recommended this site. A 20 minute walk from the Brothers Hotel, it was a gem of history. All original furnishings from the Theomins family who built the house in the late 1890's. Their d...  more »
  • This old house is a Dunedin (must see). The very knowledgeable guides ably provide an wonderful insight into the features of the building which has many features that were at the time of building, wel...  more »
  • A very fine Edwardian house with an amazing collection of art, especially Chinese and Japanese art. It is worth noting that this house can only be visited on a guided tour, so check the tour times to ...  more »
Google
  • 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.