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: $24.00
  • CONCESSIONS $22.00 (NZ Seniors, YHA,
    Backpackers or Tertiary students)
  • CHILDREN: $13.00 (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 using guides fluent in English. French, German, Japanese and Mandarin 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.

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). For more details about venue hire and to discuss your event requirements, please contact us at the house.

Edwardian Games

Start by enjoying a 1-hour personal guided tour. Your guide will then introduce you to the rules of croquet. Over the remaining hour have fun playing a game while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee served on the lawn. If you wish, bring a picnic to supplement the refreshment provided.

Please contact the house to arrange a time that suits your party.

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