One-hour guided tour around Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin
Olveston was designed for Mr David Theomin (1852-1933) by acclaimed English architect,
Sir Ernest George, (1839-1922), and built between 1904 and 1906.
The Jacobean style grace and grandeur of Olveston is distinguished by a wealth of decorative detail. All thirty-five rooms at Olveston tell a story of a gracious age. The home is sited in the inner city and is within walking distance from Dunedin’s Octagon, in the city centre, being built on an acre and surrounded by garden. Dedicated coach parking is provided at both entrances to the property.
A businessman, collector and philanthropist, David Theomin travelled extensively in the late 1800s and early 1900s and lavished his home with artefacts and priceless treasures during his travels; Bronze statues, cloisonné and ivory from Japan and Chinese jade, ceramics and statues all reflect David Theomin's interest in decorative art from East Asia. 240 fine artworks and paintings grace the walls of every room.
Olveston has only ever had one family in residence. Miss Dorothy Theomin, David Theomin’s daughter, inherited the home in 1933. Dorothy continued to live at Olveston until she died in 1966. With no heirs of her own, the property, complete with all the original contents, was gifted to the City of Dunedin. There are few historic houses that can offer such originality and integrity as Olveston and involve the visitor in feeling very much part of the experience as a guest in the family home.
Take a 1-hour tour around this unique heritage property, authentically presenting Edwardian life in all its glory and grandeur. It is recommended that you allow an extra 15 minutes to view the grounds and gift shop.
Prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). The tour is available each day except Christmas day.
Total duration of the tour
100% cancellation fee apply if you cancel the tour within 48 hours before the tour
Olveston Historic Home, 42 Royal Terrace, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016