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Olveston Historic Home For lovers of Fine Arts and Culture, Music, Literature and Social History
Olveston Historic Home Interior
Antiques and Artefacts From all Around the World at Olveston Historic Home
Olveston Historic Home With Over 240 Original Artworks
Olveston Historic Home Garden of National Significance
Olveston Historic Home Tours Dunedin

Olveston Historic Home Tours

Olveston was built as a family home and furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts, from all around the world. With no heirs to inherit, the house and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin. Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a home between 1906–1966.


NZ$ 25.00

per person


  • Historic Home

  • For lovers of fine arts and culture, music, literature and social history

  • Over 240 original artworks

  • Antiques and artefacts from all around the world

  • Garden of National Significance


Full Description

Olveston Historic Home is New Zealand’s finest historic house. Built as the family home of collector and philanthropist David Theomin; a connoisseur of the 'finest things in life', the house was gifted to the city of Dunedin complete with all the original contents in 1966. Over 250 artworks, 3000+ books and manuscripts, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and domestic wares assist the telling of the story of this wealth emigrant Jewish merchant family, their friends and fellow supporters of Dunedin rich artistic and cultural history in the early 1900s. By guided tour only, this architectural masterpiece is set within a ‘Garden of National Significance’. The opulence of 'Olveston' is a visual, historic and aesthetic delight.


1 hour guided tour

Meeting Point

By Car
from i-Site (next to the Octagon):

  • Drive uphill along Stuart Street towards Moana Pool.
  • Take 5th right – London Street
  • Take 1st left – Royal Terrace. Olveston is located on the corner of Royal Terrace and Cobden Street

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.

On Foot
from i-Site (next to the Octagon):

  • Walk towards the Municipal Chambers (DCC Council Offices)
  • Turn right – Municipal Lane (140 m)
  • Turn left – Moray Place (21 m)
  • Turn right – Filleul Street (61 m)
  • Turn left – Howells Lane (110 m)
  • Turn left – York Place (6 m)
  • Turn right – up the stairs and footpath along Haddon Place (230 m)
  • Turn right – Royal Terrace, Olveston is on the left (400 m)


The walk to Olveston is mostly up hill (the ascent is of modest difficulty).

Additional Information

Only trained personnel conduct guided tours.

Pre-booked guided tours are available with Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French or Japanese speaking guides are on request – 48 hours advance notice is required. Please contact the house in advance of your visit to discuss your booking.

Olveston is a house museum containing the original possessions of the Theomin Family. We ask visitors to take care inside the house and remind visitors not to touch items on display.

To prevent damaging the wooden floors and original floorcoverings inside the house visitors are asked to refrain from wearing shoes with a small heel.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.


Entry to Olveston Historic Home is by guided tour only.

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NZ$ 25.00

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Olveston Historic Home Tour

Olveston Historic Home Tour

Entry to Olveston is by guided tour only.
Entry to the gardens and gift shop is free.

From NZD
Infants Free
Duration: 1 Hours

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