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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  • Visited this house on our most recent visit to Dunedin. It is a house that is preserved in its original 1906 state, right down to the furnishings and wall coverings. 1 hour guided tour seemed to pass ...  more »
  • This house itself is only accessible via a tour however it is a fascinating tour conducted by very well informed guides. It gives a great insight to the background of the city  more »
  • I had no problems buying a timed entry ticket (around $21) from the attraction's website prior to the day of my visit thus ensuring a visit at a time of my choosing. Entry to the house is only with a ...  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.
  • We really enjoyed our visit to Olveston, it is an amazing place where we had a genuine glimpse into old Otago. There was so much to look at that we wished we could have spent more time during the tour to take everything in. I highly recommend a visit to this place to all ages. Thankyou to the team.
  • Fantastic. One visit isn't long enough. This family really embraced 'new' technology and the daughter had a wonderful forward looking heart for keeping history alive.

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