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Olveston Guided Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    1 Hour

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand


  • Fully appreciate the garden in the season
  • Admire the outside architecture
  • See the family motor car (a 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer)
  • Browse in the gift shop


Trip Info

The guided tour of the Olveston House is a one hour, heritage-history tour. You’ll be able to appreciate the garden in season, the outside architecture, and the family’s car (a 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer). Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie, and their two children Edward and Dorothy. Designed by the English architect Sir Ernest George, the home is furnished with fine art, furniture, and artifacts purchased from all around the world. Intended for future generations of Theomin’s to enjoy, this was not to be the case as both the Theomin children died without heirs. Surviving the death of her father, mother and elder brother, Miss Dorothy Theomin lived at Olveston until her death in 1966, when it was discovered the house and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin. The house was opened as a historic museum in 1967. This authentic and original home is a time capsule where little has been changed, and depicts the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century.

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