Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, New Zealand

Olveston Dunedin New Zealand

Dunedin’s Historic Home

 There are few historic houses that can offer such authority and conviction as Olveston and involve the visitor in feeling
very much part of the experience as a guest in the family home. The Olveston experience is a very personal one.

It is a unique heritage experience in New Zealand.

Olveston Interior

Olveston was designed for David Theomin by
London 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 the city centre,
being built on an acre and surrounded by garden.

Olveston Interior

Olveston reveals elaborate furnishings, fire places and stained glass feature windows.
The architect's attention to detail will delight the discerning.
Brass lock plates, elegant door hinges, window catches and openings,
taps and original light fittings and switches all add to the feeling of discovery.

Olveston Kitchen

David Theomin and his family travelled extensively and lavished their home
with irreplaceable artifacts and priceless treasures.
Bronze, cloisonné and ivory from Japan and Chinese jade and ceramics reflect
David Theomin's interest in decorative art from East Asia.
Some 240 paintings and graphics grace the rooms.
Olveston has only ever had one family in residence.
Miss Dorothy Theomin, the sole surviving member of the family,
died in 1966 and the property complete with all its contents,
was passed into the care of Dunedin City.

Olveston Kitchen

Olveston has found a special place giving visitors a glimpse
of a lifestyle long gone and one that can never be recreated.
It opens an unparalleled time capsule.
Visitors are able to reflect on the lifestyle as they move through
the 21 rooms open for viewing during the course of the
one hour guided tour.

Olvestonl Library


• Olveston is open 7 days (Christmas Day by prior arrangement.)
• Entry inside Olveston is by guided tour.
  1-hr guided tours commence daily at:
   9.30am, 10.45am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4.00pm.
   (Bookings recommended).
• For tour groups a timetable to suit can be accommodated
   by prior arrangement, evenings included.
• Private tours focusing on the art collection are available on request.
• The grounds and gift shop are open free of charge 9.30am until 5.00pm daily.
• Olveston offers a range of events and specialist tours during the year,
   visit www.olveston.co.nz for more details.



42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin, New Zealand









(Valid from 1 Oct 2016)

NZ$20 Adult
NZ$11 Child (School age)
NZ Senior/Tertiary Student NZ$19


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