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4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

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  • Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Duration:  7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Dunedin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing with Olveston House Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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Eric J
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

A must see place including the now retired railway station.

Peter W
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

guides magnificent. reccomend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

We had only 6 people (I think) on the tour of Olveston House. A wonderful experience, especially as being a small group. Others arrived and were rushed through all the rooms. Our driver allowed us plenty of time to see everything. Our driver then took us for an extensive drive around Dunedin. Beautiful place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

The best tour ,value for money, and shows how beautiful Dunedin is . Our driver was super and told us so much,highly recommend this tour is for everyone thank you pamela Porter australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This tour was above expectations. Olveston House is not like a lot of other heritage building tours. The building itself and the story behind it is fascinating. The people who work there are so passionate about their building and their city. It is a very friendly, interesting place to visit. The pickup was prompt and hassle free. The tour bus driver was friendly and had a wealth of local knowledge. We booked this tour for a land day while cruising and it ended up being just a small group tour, so it was almost like having your own chauffeur driven tour at a fraction of the price for similar tours that we could have chosen. I would recommend this tour and this company to all other travelers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

My partner, Lewis, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Olveston House. The guide was knowledgeable, and the house itself amazing. Thank you. Jill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Very impressive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

We had an excellent tour guide who has lived in Dunedin for years. We also enjoyed a semi- privated tour of the Olveston House. For the value, you get tour....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Tour was great, the guide was great, and Olveston House was terrific. We're so glad that we booked this excursion!

Max B
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Interesting tour

Anthony
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

Great value for money we were on a cruise and were collected from the port and returned in time for our departure. We were taken to Dunedin first then we transferred to a smaller vehicle and visited Olveston House and were given a very informative tour of the house by our guide. We then went to Dunedin where we had time to walk round the city at our own pace before we then went onto another bus for a tour round the area. The whole excursion was well organised and the staff were helpful and informative.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

This was a great tour for someone who had a limited time to explore Dunedin and to see the beautiful Olverston house.
Our guide was very knowledge and provided an excellent commentary on the history and sights of the town

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Friendly and informative tour which was well organised and good value.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Olveston house is wonderful. The amount of time we were given (on our own) in the city was a wee bit long. This tour could and should be shortened. Very enjoyable.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

The tour was separated into two parts. The Olveston House tour was interesting and lasted about 1 1/2 hour. After a lunch break on our own, which also allowed us to walk through the CBD with shops, restaurants, etc. we visited the nearby Cadbury Chocolate Factory. We then met the bus for the afternoon city sightseeing tour. Dunedin was an interesting small town.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

Good tour.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

Very much enjoyed our tour of Olveston House and Dunedin. Your staff were friendly and well-organised and there were no delays at any point in our transfers. Thank you all for an informative and enjoyable time.
Keith and Judy Bell

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

Olveston House Tour was amazing. Such beautiful things inside and our tour guide was just wonderful. Didn't know what to expect when we booked the tour but glad we did now. Such a lovely house full of history.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Good Company was a very good tour operator.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2013

Very nice and knowledgable guide on the sightseeing part of the trip. We were dropped off at the house tour though and later picked up by the bus driver. We could have skipped the house tour.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

Great value for the money. Good highlight tour of the city and still gave us time to explore on our own. Wonderful visit to Olveston House, quite interesting. Glad we booked it, much cheaper than something from the ship.

I would book with Viator again and told others on the ship about it for the future.

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2014

Our day did not start well for this excursion. It was confusing at the Port Chalmers wharf for the pick up. The company tried to pick up people that had signed up for different tours - ie our tour + people going on the train ride and city tour. Everyone had not been given the same pick up location. Some were directed to the tourist information I site which was close to the wharf and others had been directed to the private tour sign directly by the ship. The driver himself was very confused as to how many people he was suppose to have and in the end couldn't find 2 people. At last we left the wharf and headed into Dunedin where the driver had to first deliver the train people to the station and then go to his company's spot to pick up someone else. Eventually we got to the Olveston House. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour! It was quite a fascinating look at life in the early 1900's in Dunedin. Following the tour a different driver picked us up to be dropped downtown for a few hours of free time. Confusion again! This driver thought he was to pick up 7 people but the first driver had dropped 9 of us! I specifically mentioned this twice to the driver but he insisted that since he had 7 people on board he was going now. I offered to go and get the other 2 but he left. Fortunately it wasn't a long walk into town for the 2 people but this should not have happened! We had been instructed to meet our first driver at the railway station and from there he gave us about an hour tour of the area along the coast. We quite enjoyed Russell's commentary. If I was rating the tour itself I would give it a higher rating as we quite enjoyed the make up of the day - loved the built in free time! I dropped the rating down because of the confusion surrounding the pickups!

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2013

This was a good basic city sightseeing tour, although it was in a very large bus so there were areas you couldn't go into. The Olveston House was very interesting. Dunedin is a quaint Scottish feeling town, and they have attempted to keep the look. The train depot is spectacular. I wish we could have visited it rather than just drive by. Also a visit to the Cadbury factory would have been a nice touch.

Susan M
Australia

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
November 2013

Again confusion at the port for pick up. Purchased tickets before leaving Australia for ease but would have been better buying tours while on cruise ship, less confusing. Very rushed because of late leaving

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