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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  • The house is well worth a visit for the view of Dunedin life a century ago, life in the upper echelons of society at least. Original decoration and furnishings and a huge collection of art and artifac...  more »
  • When in Dunedin, this is a must do. The house is beautiful and left as it was when the last owner past away, The collection is of an amazing high standard. The guide tells a lot about the history and ...  more »
  • This is probably one of the if not THE best arts and crafts/British art nouveau house I have ever been to. I went on the tour. The rooms and furnishings are very fine examples of the genre. The histor...  more »
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  • What a nice place. A very well maintained building and grounds. It was very relaxing and informative. A guided tour was provided and showed how a businessman and his family lived in the early 1900s. Throughly enjoyed the grounds, the great collection of antique furniture, weapons, artwork, an awesome billiards room and a pretty cool old Fiat in the garage. Seeing the workings of the staff run household without modern day convenience was amazing. Sorry no pictures allowed inside.
  • This is a beautiful asset to the city! It's not every day that you get to see inside one of Dunedin's historic homes, especially one that hasn't been turned into student flats! The quality of the preservation exceeds many National Trust homes in Britain. Plus, the tour guides have some great info to pass on regards its and local history. Also worth looking out for the occasional event that's hosted there, like the annual Olveston afternoon tea.
  • Wonderful place. Great tour and informative staff. Good for learning about the history of new Zealand and Dunedin, and also good just if you like old houses and pictures. Be sure to spend some time going around the outside of the house after the tour. Would go again.
  • When I walked through it I could imagine being lived in, our guide was so knowledgeable you would have thought she had lived there herself. Just think it's unfair they are unable to top the trees that are eventually going to be a hazard to the house. A house which should be preserved for many more years to come. You can always grow another tree but you could never rebuild that home again
  • Incredible house built to the highest of standards for its time means that it is still a well functioning house. Filled woth hundreads of works of art and countless other ornaments and decorations that the family got from overseas. This place is genuinely incredible.
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