Built in 1904 for wealthy businessman and collector Mr. David Theomin, Olveston historic home is a treasure trove of fine art and artefacts purchased from all over the world.
The house and its contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin following the death of Mr Theomin’s daughter and the home was opened for the public to enjoy in 1966.
This fascinating guided tour of Olveston will depict for you the lives of an upper class family in the early twentieth century.
Come and see for yourself the grace and grandeur of Olveston – An iconic Dunedin building and unique heritage experience in New Zealand.
Location: Royal Terrace, Dunedin
All prices are shown in NZD ($)
Hi Helen We are glad that you had an incredible tour and your guide was great. Dunedin certainly has a lot more to offer than people realise until they visit. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens
Hi Melissa We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Olveston. We do have great housekeeping & gardening staff who do a great job of looking after the house and collection. Most of our guides have worked at Olveston for some time and so have a lot of knowledge to pass on during the tour. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens
Hi Elyse We are glad that you found the Olveston lovely. Olveston offers 2-hour specialty tours for people who wish to spend longer in the house to learn more about their particular interest. These tours are held every Tuesday with a different emphasis. Behind the Ropes tours, Art tours, Architectural Tours and Garden tours. If you have a small group you can book a time that suits your group. Behind the Ropes tours allow for small groups so you can get up close to objects and see inside drawers and cupboards that you do not get to see on a 1-hour public tour. Our 1-hour tours give an overview of the family and the collection and for most people who are on a schedule this is enough time for them as they have somewhere else to be. We have many people who return to Olveston several times and find out more interesting facts each time they visit. Perhaps we will see you again in the future when you return to Dunedin on a 2-hour specialty tour. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens
Hi Emma Thank you for taking the time to give feedback on your tour of Olveston. We are pleased that you found the guides informative and enjoyed the tour. Best wishes Christine Mehrtens
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