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Address: 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-477 3320
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A 'must visit' for lovers of art, heritage and history, Olveston is...

A 'must visit' for lovers of art, heritage and history, Olveston is lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antique furniture, ceramics and statues from around the world. The 35-room Edwardian mansion was designed for a one of Dunedin's most prominent businessmen, philanthropists and collectors during the early 1900s. The house was gifted to the people of Dunedin in 1966, fully furnished with the original contents, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home. The house and its 'Garden of National Significance', within the city's Green Belt, can be experienced at 42 Royal Terrace, within walking distance of Dunedin's Octagon. Entry inside the house is by guided tour only (1 hour, max. 15 People per group). Tours commence daily at: 9.30am, 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm. Group bookings available at a time to suit the group - available on request. Tours are conducted in English. Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French, Japanese and Dutch speaking guides are available for groups on request. The gardens, listed as a New Zealand Gardens Trust 'Garden of National Significance' and the gift shop are open daily and free to the public.

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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
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A beautiful journey into the past

Our knowledgeable and lovely guide took us into the past of the olveston house! She had a small story to everything and really individualised the tour for our small group!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Geldern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our knowledgeable and lovely guide took us into the past of the olveston house! She had a small story to everything and really individualised the tour for our small group!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arriving for the 4pm tour left us no time to visit the gardens, which I can see from these reviews was a loss! As a U.K. visitor it was fascinating to see the way in which the family built and furnished the house in the early 1900s as if it were an English country house. The context of the family... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The only way to experience Olveston is with a guided tour (there are no self-tours), but having a guide is a very good thing. The house is filled with history and art work and the tour guide is able to give you both a great overview and specifics on the main two levels of the house (basement and servant's quarters... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very dark and somber type home. The story of the family made it come alive. The gardens were gorgeous.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely historic home which is well looked after and contains the original furniture and artwork. This is often not the case. Admission is on paid tour only and it is quite busy. Sadly no photography is allowed in the house. There is a good gift shop and toilets. This is a great piece of history to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have done a remarkable restoration job on the house. Ray,our guide; was very informative, full of stories and answered out questions. Well worth a visit in a rainy day

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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 add a extra 6 tours for that day. We were on a tour in 20 minutes, time to explore... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a big local attraction. If you are into historic things what is inside is interesting; but I found the garden area outside much better.

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