Dunedin Olveston House Excursion Reviews

Relive Dunedin's history with a tour of the Olveston House, featuring the lifestyle of a privileged family in the early 1900's.
The house and gardens are well worth a visit although we booked via the cruise line and the time ...
The house and gardens are well worth a visit although we booked via the cruise line and the time for the visit was wrong. We got there over and hour earlier than the booking was for and the Olveston House staff had to phone some of their ... Read More
The house and gardens are well worth a visit although we booked via the cruise line and the time for the visit was wrong. We got there over and hour earlier than the booking was for and the Olveston House staff had to phone some of their guides to come in to work early so that we could do the tour. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Great piece of history Very informative and beautiful gardens
Great piece of history Very informative and beautiful gardens
Great piece of history Very informative and beautiful gardens Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent.
Excellent. We did the city & surrounds tour and then a tour Olveston House. Do not miss this tour, it was really worthwhile. This stately home is incredible, all authentic. The tour guide Briar Topp was so knowledgeable and ... Read More
Excellent. We did the city & surrounds tour and then a tour Olveston House. Do not miss this tour, it was really worthwhile. This stately home is incredible, all authentic. The tour guide Briar Topp was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Davina the tour bus guide was excellent. The bus picked us up at the ship and then took us back. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Wonderful ride from the port to Dunedin and a fascinating tour of the home of a wealthy NZ family.
Wonderful ride from the port to Dunedin and a fascinating tour of the home of a wealthy NZ family.
Wonderful ride from the port to Dunedin and a fascinating tour of the home of a wealthy NZ family. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Olveston House is an absolute gem.
Olveston House is an absolute gem. Unfortunately, you may only take external photos, but there is a gift shop on the way out! The house is designed along Jacobean lines and was built over a 2 year period, before the Theomin family took ... Read More
Olveston House is an absolute gem. Unfortunately, you may only take external photos, but there is a gift shop on the way out! The house is designed along Jacobean lines and was built over a 2 year period, before the Theomin family took up residence in 1906. The walls and floors are of English Oak, whilst the Kitchen and Servant quarters are of Jarrah from Western Australia. The house and contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin by Dorothy Theomin in 1966. The family were collectors, particularly from Japan (there is militaria in the entrance from around 1600), but also from Italy and France. There was only ever one fridge in the house and it was still working in 1966! The gardens are superb and there is even something for the car lover, in the form of a 1922 Fiat Tourer, that was used to travel all over the south island; given the roads of the era, an amazing testament to Fiat. I could have spent many more hours there exploring the nooks and crannies. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This is SUCH a lovely historic old home to go look at!
This is SUCH a lovely historic old home to go look at! it can be hard squeezing this in with Larnach Castle but if you CAN, then do so!
This is SUCH a lovely historic old home to go look at! it can be hard squeezing this in with Larnach Castle but if you CAN, then do so! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Visiting Olveston House was a last-minute addition to our tour for the day and proved to be the ...
Visiting Olveston House was a last-minute addition to our tour for the day and proved to be the highlight. The house was willed to the city by the last surviving daughter of the builder of the home and included all furnishings, artifacts, ... Read More
Visiting Olveston House was a last-minute addition to our tour for the day and proved to be the highlight. The house was willed to the city by the last surviving daughter of the builder of the home and included all furnishings, artifacts, etc. -- so this is an absolute time capsule view of the era the home was used by the family. It is in magnificent condition and affords the visitor, through an amazingly thorough one-hour tour, a sense of the family, the community, and the overall city. This is a must-see for anyone visiting Dunedin. A true gem. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Beautiful old home and nice community
Beautiful old home and nice community
Beautiful old home and nice community Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Well worth a look, for anyone who appreciates history, fine art or architechture I highly recommend ...
Well worth a look, for anyone who appreciates history, fine art or architechture I highly recommend this. The rest of the town has some really nice architecture as well, could have spent longer here.
Well worth a look, for anyone who appreciates history, fine art or architechture I highly recommend this. The rest of the town has some really nice architecture as well, could have spent longer here. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Olveston House - absolutley loved Oveston House...please go if you love History, Architecture and ...
Olveston House - absolutley loved Oveston House...please go if you love History, Architecture and Art its a must... I knew nothing of the house before the cruise and just wished we had more time.. we didn't have any time to look in ... Read More
Olveston House - absolutley loved Oveston House...please go if you love History, Architecture and Art its a must... I knew nothing of the house before the cruise and just wished we had more time.. we didn't have any time to look in the gift shop which was dissapointing, highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
As expected - Lunch at Speights Brewery (after the tour) was the highlight of the day.
As expected - Lunch at Speights Brewery (after the tour) was the highlight of the day.
As expected - Lunch at Speights Brewery (after the tour) was the highlight of the day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
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