Guided Tours

Visiting Olveston

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)
  • CHILDREN: $11.00 (School age)
  • INFANTS (0-5yrs): Free

Bookings are recommended.

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Daily Tours

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

Special interest tours and events are hosted periodically. Details are listed on our website and on the DunedinNZ site.

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.

Private Events

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.

Edwardian Games

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.

Virtual Tour: Olveston, Dunedin’s Heritage at its best

Olveston Historic Home

42 Royal Terrace
Dunedin 9016

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.


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