Dunedin, New Zealand
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commentOffered in: English


Glimpse early 20th-century life in New Zealand during a 1-hour guided tour of the Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin. Follow a knowledgeable docent through the 35-room mansion as you learn about its Jacobean-style architectural design, fine art and furnishings. Discover the history of one of Dunedin’s most prominent families, and stroll through the elegant gardens with views of Otago Harbour.
  • 1-hour guided tour of Olveston Historic Home, in Dunedin
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the art and furnishings in the home
  • See paintings by New Zealand-born artists such as Frances Hodgkins
  • Admire swords, carvings, and ceramics from Japan and China, collected by the original owner of the house
  • Get a close look at an example of early 20th-century Jacobean-style architecture, designed by a renowned architect in England
  • Explore the gardens and gift shop on your own before or after your tour
Meet your guide at the Olveston Historic Home, located near central Dunedin. Embark on a 1-hour tour of the elegant 35-room mansion, completed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George in 1906. Learn about the restoration of the original decor as you hear about the wealthy merchant family that owned the Dunedin home in the early 20th century.
Marvel at the fine furniture, decorative art and period pieces on display, and learn about the significant collections including Japanese ceramics and 15th-century Italian paintings. After you’ve been introduced to all the highlights during your docent-led tour of this enchanting time capsule, you’re free to explore the lovely gardens and grounds on your own. Enjoy views of Dunedin and Otago Harbour, and don’t miss the restored Fiat 510 Tourer purchased in 1922.


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, Jan 2018

What a beautiful house. Our guide was great, clearly loves this house and it's history. Well worth a visit if in Dunedin.

, Jan 2017

A truly Unique historic home, due to its having most of the original contents still in place. An added surprise was seeing the restored 1920's Fiat owned by the family. Tour guide was terrific. Unfortunately you will not be permitted to take any photos inside.

, Mar 2016

What a beautiful place can highly recommend staff were very knowledgeable

, Mar 2016

our trip to Olveston house was a very enjoyable one would reckonmend it anyone.

, Dec 2015

Excellent, really worth the visit. Guide was also very engaged

, Oct 2015

Excellent and worth the time.

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