Olveston is open 364 days of the year, 9am - 5pm,
(Christmas Day only by prior arrangement.)
Entry to Olveston is by guided tour only.
Entry to the gardens and gift shop is free.
General Admission Prices ($NZ)
- ADULTS: $20.00
- CONCESSIONS $19.00 (NZ Seniors, YHA,
Backpackers or Tertiary students)
- DUNEDIN RESIDENTS: $16.00
- CHILDREN: $11.00 (School age)
- INFANTS (0-5yrs): Free
Bookings are recommended.
Six 1-hour public tours commence daily at:
9.30 am, 10.45 am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4 pm.
(reservations are recommended).
The guided tour of the house takes one hour. To fully appreciate the garden in the season, the outside architecture and the family motor car (a 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer) and browse in the gift shop, then approximately 1 hr 15 min is recommended.
Guided tours of the house are managed up to 15 people per tour.
Tours are conducted in English.
Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin speaking guides are available for group bookings (10 or more). Olveston offers a programme of other events and special tours throughout the year. Visit our calendar for more details about what’s on.
Special Interest Tours & Events
Private House Tours
If you would like to spend longer than an hour at Olveston, arrange a private guided tour and spend up to two-hours enjoying all Olveston has to offer. Tours are available on request. To arrange also a group booking at other times during the day (or evening) please contact us for more details.
Olveston is the perfect place for any celebration. The architecture of the house offers a beautiful backdrop for any special occasion. Our basement Drying Room is a suitable venue for boardroom meetings or quiet conversations (up to 12) and larger social events (up to 40). The Wine Cellar makes a perfect venue for intimate gatherings, special events and private dining. For more details about venue hire and to discuss your event requirements, please contact us at the house.
Enjoy a tour of Olveston and learn the finer art of croquet; with the expert tuition of a championship croquet player. Over 2-hours, enjoy the house and grounds of Olveston with tea served on the lawn. Bring your own picnic (or we can arrange for you).
House tour, croquet and tea for 4 people: $100 Available on request (7 days).
Please contact the house to arrange a time that suits your party.
Olveston Historic Home
42 Royal Terrace
Phone + 64 3 477 3320
Fax + 64 3 479 2094
Freephone 0800 100 880
Car parking is available around Olveston.
We have visitor parking permits for use around the house (120 minutes). Please enquire at reception upon arrival if a permit is required.