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Address: 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Phone Number:
0800100880
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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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Half-Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour

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A fascinating insight into local history

A beautiful home in stunning gardens. The guide explained the history of the family and house with great knowledge and enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful home in stunning gardens. The guide explained the history of the family and house with great knowledge and enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The only negative about this house is that it is a very steep walk to get to it. This house is beautifully preserved along with the most eclectic collection of artefacts from around the world. You walk into the house almost exactly as it was when gifted to the city. This is a real gem and staffed by knowledgeable and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I am hot and cold about visiting historical homes, this one really held my attention. I was hanging on every word. The informative lady explained about the residence and the occupants in great detail. She solicited questions and was able to answer all of them in a very understandable way. It was a very interesting morning for me.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

lovely restored home in the heart of the city . well worth going to. They have even restored the old family car

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect from a visit to Olveston, but I am so thankful we made the trip. The furniture and art collections are wonderful. The entire house is still set-up as it would have been when the family lived there in the early 1900s. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about both the family and their collections.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautifully preserved rooms, exactly as the family left them. An interesting guide made the house come alive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting glimpse of a wealthy household in the early 1900's. Our guide was wonderful in the way she explained everything in detail and infused her talk with anecdotes. I'm a collector (maybe hoarder!) of many miscellaneous things, so I found the collections of various items throughout the house very interesting. The rooms, furniture and objects were very well-kept... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Olveston has to be one of the most interesting Houses that I have visited anywhere in the world. Starting in the gardens, which you can visit for free, the flowers are just beautiful. There is also a Conservatory which is full of unbelievable blooms. The colours are sensational. In a garage at the bottom of the garden is the restored... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour group was taken around this very interesting house in 3 separate groups. The guide for our group (Ray Shepherd) had an outstanding knowledge of the house. He allowed one of our group to play on the Steinway piano which was lovely and added to the atmosphere. There are some remarkable artifacts and interesting quirky design elements. Well worth... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been recommended a visit by our hotel hosts, we expected this to be like many other historical houses - but that it certainly isn't! The artefacts and family history are fascinating; we didn't have time to return, but if I had been staying longer, I certainly would. Visit if you can - you won't be disappointed.

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