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Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour provided by Olveston Historic Home

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Updated 09/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Small groups on tour with a guide. Sign in or Government app for contact tracing If you have any signs of sickness we will not allow you on tour
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Updated 09/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The Olveston Historic Home is a must-see attraction for any design enthusiast visiting Dunedin. Admire the elegant decor, art, and furnishings of this early 20th-century mansion as you follow a guide through some of its 35 rooms. The informative commentary offers visitors a deeper appreciation for the Jacobean-style architecture.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    42 Royal Terrace
    42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    At Olveston reception
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  • Pass by
    Olveston Historic Home
  • You'll end at
    42 Royal Terrace
    42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    At Olveston reception
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Admission to the Olveston Historic Home is by guided tour only
  • Admire the fine 20th-century architecture, art, and decor
  • Learn about one of Dunedin’s most prominent families
  • Take your time visiting the seasonal gardens and gift shop
Important Information
Departure Point
42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Duration
1h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • To prevent damaging the wooden floors and original floorcoverings, visitors are asked to refrain from wearing stiletto heel shoes
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 participants per tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No health restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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buffykc wrote a review 7 Oct
Mooroolbark, Australia544 contributions30 helpful votes
Beautiful morning on a personal tour discovering an amazing house and the stories behind the doors. Our guide was helpful and full of information - duch an enjoyable experience
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ManagerOlveston, Manager at Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Buffykc, we are so please you enjoyed your tour and the stories about Olveston and the Theomin family. Jan
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Rex S wrote a review Sep 2020
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
This was my second time in Dunedin this year and I stayed here a bit longer this time by myself. I was told by a few of my friends/ work colleagues who are originally from Dunedin that I definitely should do this tour so I made a booking online a day before and went there.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from ManagerOlveston, Manager at Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Shimshady, thank you for your in-depth review . I will pass your kind words onto Kirsten, like all of our guides she is so much to share about the house and the Theomin family. Thank you for sharing your experience. Jan
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Wayne K wrote a review Aug 2020
Hamilton, New Zealand1,239 contribution240 helpful votes
Not a cheap tour but very interesting. The house is in great condition and packed with history. The person who guided us (fortunately we were the only people on the tour) was very informative and opened up after a bit of work.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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dnaorion wrote a review Jun 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand71 contributions22 helpful votes
What a treat to look participate in a two hour extended house tour, our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable and present all the information in an easily understood manner. The bonus was a visit well below stairs, into the basement for a visit to the boiler rooms. The collection
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from ManagerOlveston, Manager at Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Responded 28 Jun 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. Kevin and the team love showing off this gem that belongs to the people of Dunedin. It is nice to hear the stand is up there with the homes of Europe.
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silbury2017 wrote a review Jun 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
The interior of this amazing 4storey homestead is mind blowing . Every room contains the most beautiful wooden furniture and paintings and is decorated to show how the family would have lived there. Perhaps I was most impressed by the dining room with table set for 10 and the
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from ManagerOlveston, Manager at Olveston Historic Home Guided Tour
Responded 8 Jun 2020
We are so please you took the time to walk through the house with Annie so she could share her knowledge of the house and contents with you. Our guides take great pride in showing of this Dunedin Gem.
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Myscha
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Not to be missed
Not hard to hike the hill from downtown Octagon. Have a look first at the family car of 1921 that was restored. It'
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Allena D
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Like time stood still
A man on our flight recommended this tour. The owner of this house left it to the City of Dunedin in 1966 and is h
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Southbounds
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Fantastic
I’d never even heard of this place before and I used to live in Dunedin as a child! Interesting story and history
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cgabrielle49
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Great historical home!
Had a great tour of this beautiful historical home filled with collections of the owners. Had a real Downton Abbey
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Neil B
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A must do in Dunedin
Amazing house full of its original 1906 furniture and fixtures. A great slice of life from the early 1900s. You c
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Vicki12362
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A highlight
Absolutely loved the tour of the house so informative. Beautifully decorated rooms by the family that lived there f
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rebeccawD7393QW
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Like a trip back in time!
Beautifully preserved and presented, we were so impressed! The everyday household items and beautiful furniture and
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JuAucklandNewZealand
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Well worth the visit!
We were in Dunedin for the weekend and decided to see some of Dunedin’s highlights. Olveston House was sure worth t
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darren2008nz
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Great history ...
Wonderful tour with great staff in a stunning period property. Booking was easy online. This house is fascinating e
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LandC46
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Better than expected
The hour long tour by a thoughtful and considerate guide was full of treats. The house has a fascinating history ev
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Whitehavengirl43
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A Stunning step back in time
This beautifully maintained home of a Dunedin gentlman and his family is a very worthwhile place to visit in Dunedi
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84arlened
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A wonderful historic home
This home can only be accessed by a conducted tour. I booked at the I-site and got a taxi up there. (Dunedin street
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kiwikeen2020
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Wedding & Tour
We recently had a wedding here in the gardens of Olveston Historic Home. It was a beautiful day - everything in blo
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Richardbusa
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This place has a lot of history and he highly recommend
We absolutely loved the garden area, much much better than the castle! Really well looked after, it really wish we
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redjasper
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A charming house worth visiting
Olveston is a charming place with a fascinating history where everything is pretty much as it was when it was lived
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