Events Calendar

  • Housekeeper’s Tour

    Housekeeper’s Tour.
  • Exclusive private tour

    Exclusive private tour of Olveston.
  • Private evening tour

    Private evening tour of Olveston.
  • Yoga

    Yoga.
  • Edwardian Garden Games

    Edwardian Garden Games.
  • 2-hour and Specialist tours

    2-hour and Specialist tours.
  • Daily Tours

    Six guided tours
    are offered daily

  • Family group tour

    Family group tour.
  • Tour with morning tea

    House Tour with morning tea.
  • Art Collectors Tour

    Art Collectors Tour.
  • Botanical Art & Illustration

    Botanical Art & Illustration.
  • Anatomy for Artists

    Drawing Salon - Anatomy for Artists.
  • Life Drawing

    Drawing Salon - Life Drawing.
  • Garden Tour with morning tea

    Garden Tour with morning/afternoon tea.
Housekeeper’s Tour.

Housekeeper’s Tour

For an intriguing tour of Olveston, join a member of the Housekeeping team and learn the ‘art’ of keeping a grand home, such as Olveston, in good order. Peek inside the safe and explore areas of the house not generally open to the public.

Adults: $32.50 | Child: $17.50

Bookings recommended

The next Housekeeper's Tour is on:

Sunday 12 March

2-4pm

Tours with the Olveston Housekeeper are also available on request (minimum group size 8 people).

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Exclusive private tour of Olveston.

Exclusive private tour of Olveston

Experience an exclusive private guided tour of Olveston. Enter via the front door and discover the treasures of New Zealand's finest Edwardian Stately Home. Complete with the original contents of the house, private tours reveal the richly furnished rooms in addition to areas of the house generally closed to the public including the basement suite and collection storage.

Adults: $80 | Children: $60

Bookings recommended

A 2-hr guided tour of the Theomin family's historic home, reveals the fascinating lives of the Theomin's and enjoy a closer inspection of the collection and artefacts. Refreshments served in the Wine Cellar.

Tours arranged at times to suit when the house is unoccupied by other visitors (evenings included).

$80 per person (min 2 people, max 8 people)

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Private evening tour of Olveston.

Private evening tour of Olveston

Enjoy a Private guided tour of Olveston for you and your friends. Minimum group size 6 people.

$100 for 6 people.

Please advise start time between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at the time of booking request.

$100 for 6 people, additional Adults: $16 | Children: $11

Bookings recommended

The guided tour will last 1-hr.

Call now to make a booking T: 03 477 3320.

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Yoga.

Yoga

Yoga Classes - Open to women of all levels including complete beginners.

Yoga promotes health, vitality, balance, flexibility, body toning, strength, mental focus and well-being.

These smaller classes afford the opportunity for more personal tuition.

The teacher has 18 years yoga experience.

* Yoga Body Yoga Mind *

Cost: $95.00 for a 3 month pass.

Bookings recommended

Please contact Olveston - 03 477 3320 or reception@olveston.co.nz - for course details and bookings.

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Edwardian Garden Games.

Edwardian Garden Games

Enjoy a 1-hr tour of Olveston then learn the finer art of croquet with expert tuition of a championship croquet player.

Over 2-hours, enjoy a personal guided tour of the house and then enjoy croquet with a cup of tea served on the lawn.

Contact us to discuss a time for your tour and croquet to suit T: 03 477 3320 or book now online and leave your preferred tour time in the comments section.

$100 for 4 people, additional people: $25

Bookings recommended

Bring your own picnic or we can arrange one for you.

Please call reception to discuss T: 03 477 3320 or leave a message in the comments section, as well as your preferred tour time / arrival when you book now via Bookit.

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2-hour and Specialist tours.

2-hour and Specialist tours

Explore Olveston at your leisure during a special 2-hr guided tour of the Theomin family's historic Dunedin home.

Arrange an extended private tour or request one of our specialist focus tours (details below)

Adults: $32.50 | Child: $17.50

Bookings recommended

Olveston offers a range of specialist tours, focusing on specific collections and social history areas associated with the Theomin Family and Olveston.

Focus tours available include: Olveston and surrounds; Furnishings and Fabrics; The Silver Collection; The Art of Good Housekeeping; Music and piano recital; The Art Collection; and The Theomin's and Japan.

For groups of between 8-12 people.

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Daily Tours

1-hr tours commence daily at 9.30 am, 10.45 am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4 pm (reservations recommended).

To fully appreciate the garden, the architecture, the family motor car (a 1922 Fiat 510 Tourer) and to browse in the gift shop, then approximately 1 hr 15 min is recommended.

Olveston is open 365 days a year (including all NZ public holidays).

Adults: $20 | Child*: $11 | Dunedin Residents $16 | Senior/Student $19

Bookings recommended

Tours are conducted in English. Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin speaking guides are available for groups (10 or more).

Bookings available up to 12-mths in advance (follow the book now link and enter your desired date/time).

*Infants: Free

For Dunedin Resident or Concession bookings, please contact us directly on T: 03 477 3320 or E: reception@olveston.co.nz

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Family group tour.

Family group tour

Visit Olveston as a family for $60 and enjoy a private 1-hr tour*

Learn about the Theomin household; the Theomin family themselves and their staff and re-live life as it was in the early 1900s.

$65 (for a family of 5)

Bookings recommended

*The family tour is available on request, at a time to suit between 9am and 4pm, 7 days, maximum group size 12 people.

$65 (family group of 2 Adults and 3 Children) additional: Adults $16 | Children: $11.

Book now (below) or call Olveston to discuss a booking: T: 03-477-3320 or email the house: reception@olveston.co.nz

Bring more of your family and make a house-party of your visit!

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House Tour with morning tea.

House Tour with morning tea

Enjoy a 1-hr guided house tour with morning or afternoon tea. Options available:

The servant’s tea break: $25pp* A simple morning/afternoon tea and coffee with biscuits

Devonshire Tea: $30pp* Tea and coffee with fresh scones and jam and cream.

Edwardian High Tea: $35pp* A selection of teas and coffee, gourmet sandwiches, bit size cakes & slices, cheese scones with jam and butter.

From $25 per person (min 10 people)

Bookings recommended

Tour with morning or afternoon tea only available for groups of 10 to 20 people.

Other catering options available on request - for smaller parties enquire about our Tour with garden games and tea/coffee and shortbread on the lawn.

*Prices including private house tours and catering as above.

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Art Collectors Tour.

Art Collectors Tour

Acquired by the Family between the late 1800s and the early 1960s, the Art Collection contains many prized works by local and international artists.

With over 240 artworks around the house, we invite you to take a closer look at works by Frances Hodgkins, William Hodgkins, Grace Joel and Charles Goldie.

Adults: $32.50 | Child: $17.50

Bookings recommended

Art Collection Tours are held every Sunday, 3-5pm. Minimum 2 people.

If this time doesn't suit, please contact the house to arrange a tour at another time to suit (evenings included).

Also available on request, book a fascinating private Art Tour featuring Frances Hodgkins, the artist, her artworks and her connections in the Theomin Art collection.

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Sunday, 28 May, 3:00PM

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Botanical Art & Illustration.

Botanical Art & Illustration

Learn the art of Botanical Illustration, study native and exotic flora from the Olveston and Dunedin Botanic Gardens. A wide range of colour illustration skills and strategies are explored.

Drawing classes at Olveston are led by a practicing artist and award winning teacher. Classes are designed for all skill levels - beginning and advanced participants welcome.

$240

Bookings recommended

Botanical Art & Illustration Classes – $240 Saturdays 3.00-5.30pm.

The next 10-week course commences: 15 July 2017

Learn a wide range of drawing strategies and skills.

If you have ever wanted to learn to draw well and with confidence then these courses are for you.

Bookings essential.

Please contact Olveston - 03 477 3320 or reception@olveston.co.nz - for course details and bookings.

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Saturday, 15 July, 3:00PM

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Drawing Salon - Anatomy for Artists.

Drawing Salon - Anatomy for Artists

Join us for our very popular tutored drawing classes at Olveston, led by a practicing artist and award winning teacher.

The connection between Art and Anatomy is an illustrious and enduring one. Learn the musculoskeletal system to inform and lift the quality of your drawing. If you have ever wanted to learn to draw well and with confidence this is the course for you.

$260

Bookings recommended

Anatomy for Artists –$260 - Wednesday evenings, 6pm - 8.30pm, Next 10-week course commencing: 01 March 2017.

Bookings essential.

Please contact Olveston - 03 477 3320 or reception@olveston.co.nz - for course details and bookings.

Classes are designed for all skill levels - beginning and advanced participants welcome. Easels provided. Anatomical and live models are used in this course.

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Drawing Salon - Life Drawing.

Drawing Salon - Life Drawing

Join us for our very popular tutored drawing classes at Olveston, led by a practising artist and award winning teacher. Classes are designed for all skill levels - beginning and advanced participants welcome. Easels provided.

$140

Bookings recommended

Life Drawing Classes – $140 - Wednesday evenings, 6pm–8:30pm, Next 6-week course commencing: 17 May 2017.

Learn a wide range of drawing strategies and skills.

If you have ever wanted to learn to draw well and with confidence then these courses are for you.

Bookings essential.

Please contact Olveston - 03 477 3320 or reception@olveston.co.nz - for course details and bookings.

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Garden Tour with morning/afternoon tea.

Garden Tour with morning/afternoon tea

Join a guided tour of Olveston's garden followed by a post tour morning or afternoon tea and biscuits in the Drying room.

Arrange your tour at a time to suit (between 9am and 4pm), minimum group size 8 people, maximum group size 20 people.

Min group 8 people: $96, additional adults: $12 | Child: $12

Bookings recommended

Price includes guided tour of the Olveston gardens by the gardener and includes tea, coffee and biscuits following.

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May

June
July

Event Bookings May

  • Six Daily Guided Tours

    9.30am, 10.45am, 12noon.
    1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm.

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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 28 May, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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Event Bookings June

  • Six Daily Guided Tours

    9.30am, 10.45am, 12noon.
    1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm.

    Book Now
  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 4 June, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 11 June, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 18 June, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 25 June, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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Event Bookings July

  • Six Daily Guided Tours

    9.30am, 10.45am, 12noon.
    1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm.

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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 2 July, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 9 July, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Botanical Art & Illustration

    Saturday, 15 July, 3:00pm–5:30pm

    Botanical Art & Illustration
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 16 July, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 23 July, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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  • Art Collectors Tour

    Sunday, 30 July, 3:00pm–5:00pm

    Art Collectors Tour
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