Olveston Historic Home and Gardens

Among the bustling student city of Dunedin, there are vistas of quiet and beauty to be found – Olveston historic home and gardens is one of those places. Designed by famous English architect Sir Ernest George, you’ll find a fantastic collection of fine art, furniture and artefacts hailing from across the globe. Go back in time to see the life of an early 20th century family and explore tranquil gardens for a great day out in Dunedin.

Where can I find historical attractions in Dunedin?

Olveston historic home and gardens is an ideal day out in Dunedin, only a 5 minute drive from the city centre. Explore the fascinating history of this 20th century family, admire artefacts from all over the world, and relax in tranquil gardens.

Stepping into the historic home, you’ll immediately feel a sense of grandeur with the theatrical Jacobean-style decoration and display. Discover a fascinating collection of artefacts, from ancient Japanese relics to elegantly designed European clocks and picture collections. Furnished with prized artworks and beautiful furniture, there are 35 rooms to explore, hardly changed since it’s occupation as a family home – you’ll truly be stepping into a time capsule.

Step outside to Olveston garden, an oasis of exotic and native greenery. In these one acre grounds, you’ll find manicured lawns, mature trees as well as conservatories and hidden paths to explore – this is a paradise for any gardening enthusiast and a delight for anyone looking to relax among nature.

  • Entry to the house is by guided tour only, starting from 9.30 am, 10.45 am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4 pm (book here).
  • Entry to the gardens and gift shop is free.
  • Tour tickets: Adult NZ$24, child NZ$13, Concession NZ$22.
  • Parking is available on the streets surrounding Olveston.
  • Open daily 9am-5pm.
  • Click here for detailed directions.
  • Only the ground floor and gardens are accessible for wheelchair users.

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