Olveston is not well known amongst tourists and potential tourists. Which is quite sad.
A friend told us all about Olveston, having come across it by chance, and insisted that we include it in our planned tour of the South Island.
I booked the full tour for four of us - two brothers and their wives - all religious Jews (two from Melbourne, Australia and the other two from Israel).
Olveston turned out to be one of the main highlights of our visit to New Zealand.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did not object when we ran over time - I think that she got as much from our knowledge of Judaism as we got from her knowledge of Olveston and the family who built it.
If you are Jewish, or have knowledge of Jewish customs, don't even think of visiting the South Island without a visit to Olveston - and take the extended tour!
You will not regret it!
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