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Olveston Historic Home
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Theomin Art Collection Guided Tour
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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
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US$45.49*
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Half-Day Iconic Dunedin City Tour
Ranked #4 of 112 things to do in Dunedin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

Have visited here many years ago and again recently. The restoration, work, pride and care that has been bestowed on this landmark is impressive. Pristine condition. Fantastic knowledgeable guides. The history of the theoman family.
Couldn't recommend it enough.
The gardens are great too.

2  Thank NouvelleZealand
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We did this as a last minute thing to fill in an hour. Best choice we made. We were ab
E to walk round the grounds until the tour started. Just us and another couple on the tour, we found it very informative and the guide was knowledgable.

5  Thank Chloe W
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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

We went for long weekend holiday, so we choose this destination based on Trip Advisor list. Absolutely beautiful old house. We took an hour guided tour and Tracy did a good job, very informative and patient to tell the story behind the house. I studied architecture and this building represented its history. Thanks to Theomin family and Dunedin city council for letting open this house for public and visitors

5  Thank Marjam I
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I knew about Olveston for having lived in Dunedin previously. So when my partner and I went to Dunedin for a weekend getaway, I insisted that we include it in our itinerary. I'm pleased to say that my partner was grateful for this.

For anyone interested in architecture and history, Olveston is a real treasure. It is beautifully preserved and innovative for its time, in a somewhat quirky way. It is truly inspiring to uncover the thought that led to a home that is intimate, personal, idiosyncratic, opulent and awesome.

4  Thank lachlaninnewzealand
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

To think.... The dunedin city council nearly turned down Ulverston as a gift years ago is unthinkable,a better example you would be hard pressed to find,even in Brittain.

2  Thank tikitapu
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