Olveston Guided Tours

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Highlights & inclusions

1 hour guided tour of Olveston
Entry to the garden and gift ship
Built as a family home furnished with fine art
Entry to Olveston
Opened as a historic house museum in 1967
Authentic and original historic home

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Wed, Jun 26, 2024

What you can expect

Want to be transported to another era and view a piece of history? The historic Olveston Historic House in Dunedin was the home of a wealthy merchant family in the 20th Century and is now open to the public to view on guided tours. The home was designed by English architect Sir Ernest George and occupied by the Theomin family from 1906 to 1966. On a guided tour you will be shown through the period home to see its 240 original artworks, statues, antique furniture, manicured gardens and a 1922 Fiat 510 Tourer. The family travelled the world collecting artwork and artefacts which are now proudly on display within the home. Guided tours of Olveston Home are offered six times a day between 9am and 5pm. The guided tours last approximately 60 minutes and as part of the tour you will have access to the garden and gift shop. Olveston Home is a time capsule of the 20th Century and guided tours offer interesting commentary about the family and the historic home. Be sure to include this to your Dunedin itinerary. Access to the home is by guided tour only. Book your guided tour of Olveston House online today!


What you need to know

  • Entry to Olveston
  • 1 hour guided tour of Olveston
  • Entry to the garden and gift ship
  • Tours conducted in English
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George
  • Olveston was built as a family home furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world
  • Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966
  • Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century
  • Olveston is open daily (closed Christmas Day) from 9am - 5pm
  • Guided tours run daily at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm
  • Olveston is located at 42 Royal Terrace Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
  • Car parking is available around Olveston, both all day parking and P90 (90 minutes parking). During the peak season, however, parking can be limited and it may be advisable to walk or take a taxi
Additional Information
  • Tours can be conducted in Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin speaking guides for groups 10 or more (please contact us on 1300 935 532 if you have a group of 10 or more for tours to be conducted in a language listed above)
  • Guided tours of the house are managed up to 15 people per tour
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

Recent reviews

51 review

Amazing old house full of very interesting treasures.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about every single piece of furniture and art inside, which is very impressive due to the house being full to the brim with pieces from all over the world. The conservation is incredible, everything looks exactly as it was supposed to be 100+ years ago.

Leticia Lucindo almost 2 years ago
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience