• Tour with morning tea

  • Edwardian Garden Games

  • Community Classes

  • A Night to Die For - SOLD OUT

  • Weddings

  • Edwardian High Tea

  • Olveston Gift Vouchers

  • Daily Tours

    Six guided tours
    are offered daily

  • Special Family Deal

  • Bespoke Function Venue

  • Behind the Ropes Tour

  • Art Tour

  • Architectural Tour

  • Olveston Garden Tour

House Tour with morning tea

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

The servant’s tea break: $32.00pp* A simple morning/afternoon tea and coffee with biscuits

Devonshire Tea: $37.50.00pp* Tea and coffee with fresh scones and jam and cream.

See separate event for Edwardian High Tea option

From $32.00 per person (min 10 people)

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

Other catering options available on request

*Prices including private house tours and catering as above.

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Edwardian Garden Games

Start by enjoying a 1-hour personal guided house tour. Your guide will then introduce 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.

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.

If you wish, bring a picnic to supplement the refreshments provided.

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.

$160 for 4 people, additional people: $40

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Community Classes

Olveston offers community classes in the Drying Room.

Fundamentals of Meditation - 12 Sessions Monday nights.  Starts 18 January. Contact ciga.nz.dunedin@gmail.com or call 021 485 890 for course details and bookings.

Yoga Classes - Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning - Contact jo@livingart.co.nz or phone: 022 461 2561 for further details and bookings.

Drawing Classes - Botanical Art and Illustration, Sunday afternoons and Life Drawing with Anatomy, Wednesday evenings.  Please contact: jo@livingart.co.nz Mobile: 022 4612 561, 0211 311 960 or T: 03 4712118 for course details and bookings.

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A Night to Die For - SOLD OUT

Enjoy a memorable pre-Christmas get-together with work colleagues and friends. Join the Olveston Team and the quirky team from Trickster for a fabulous interactive murder mystery evening, all you need to do is get dressed up and be ready to get fully immersed in the 1920s.

Check out more here

Price per person: $120.00

The night promises to be full of intriguing fun. Supper and 3 drink tickets included.

Saturday 4th December 2021 6.30pm

Numbers are limited. Bookings essential. - SOLD OUT -  Next  A Night to Die For  Mid -Winter.

Contact Olveston on 03 4773320 or reception@olveston.co.nz

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Olveston Historic Home provides a truly unique wedding venue from the award winning garden through to the grandeur of the Great Hall, Picture yourself descending the Grand Staircase to your waiting beloved.

A variety of options available from the ceremony through to the complete bespoke wedding venue.

Contact the Olveston team today to discuss venue hire details:

T: (03) 477 3320

E: manager@olveston.co.nz

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Edwardian High Tea (1st Sunday of month) 3-5pm

Join us for our Edwardian High Tea held in the Opulent Olveston Great Hall, followed by a tour of the house.  More than bone china and cake stands this is an experience to be savoured.

Edwardian High Teas are held the first Sunday of each month 3-5pm.  There will be no January 2022 High Tea and the February High Tea will be on the 2nd Sunday, 13th February.

For private bookings of groups of 24 or more on request at times to suit.

Adults: $50 | Child: $50

Tables are set for 6 so get friends or family together for a fabulous afternoon out.  Individual bookings also welcome.

Bookings Essential.

Ph: 03 4773320 or email: reception@olveston.co.nz.

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3pm-5pm, Sunday 02 Jan


Olveston Gift Vouchers

Give the Olveston experience at any time of the year.  Great thank you gift or birthday or anniversary present.

Vouchers available for daily guided tours, specialty tours, Edwardian High Tea or the gift shop.

Idea for friends, family or work colleagues.

Contact Olveston on 03 477 3320 or email on reception@olveston.co.nz

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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

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

To fully appreciate the garden, the architecture, and to browse in the gift shop, then approximately 1 hr 15 min is recommended.

Adults: $24.00 | Child: $13.00 |Infant: free

Tours are conducted in English.

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

Olveston is open 364 days a year (including all NZ public holidays, except Christmas Day).

Book via our website or phone 03 4773320 or email reception@olveston.co.nz

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6 x Daily

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Special Family Deal

Visit Olveston as a family for $77 and enjoy a 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.

The family tour is available at one of our 6 public tour times, or for larger groups of over 8 people, at a time to suit.

$77 (for a family of 5)

*$77 (family group of 2 Adults and 3 Children) additional: Adults $24.00 | Children: $13.00.

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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Bespoke Function Venue

Olveston Historic Home is the ideal venue for a private soirée, business meeting, social gathering, or celebration.

A bespoke venue for musical events from concerts on the lawn to recitals in the Drawing Room.

Host intimate dinner parties in the Dining room or Great Hall, perfect for a networking night.  The elegant and timeless spaces are the idyllic backdrop for a memorable, and very special occasion.

Contact the Olveston team today to discuss venue hire details:

T: 03 477 3320

E: manager@olveston.co.nz

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Behind the Ropes Tour (1st Tuesday of month) 3-5pm

Treasures abound at Olveston, with many tucked away inside the cupboards and cabinets.  Olveston invites you to discover and learn about items that are rarely viewed.  Explore further into areas not seen by the general public and peruse the basement areas over a cup of tea.

Behind the Ropes tours are held every 1st Tuesday of the month 3-5pm.

Private groups by arrangement at a time to suit.

Adults: $42 | Child: $25

Bookings essential.

Ph: 03 477 3320 or Email: reception@olveston.co.nz to make a booking.

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3pm-5pm, Tuesday 07 Dec


Art Tour (2nd Tuesday of month) 3-5pm

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

Learn about the 240 artworks on display, and the Theomin’s passion for collecting during this 2 hour guided tour of the house.

Adults: $42.00 | Child: $25.00

Art Tours are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 3-5pm.

Private groups by arrangement at a time to suit.  Minimum 8 pax.

Bookings essential.

Ph: 03 477 3320 or Email: reception@olveston.co.nz to make a booking.

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3pm-5pm, Tuesday 14 Dec


Architectural Tour (3rd Tuesday of month) 3-5pm

Olveston, an Architectural Gem designed by London Architect Sir Ernest George.  The tour takes you from the conceptual plans through to completion.  Distinguished Historian Nikolaus Pevsner said "Olveston was one of the finest houses in the Southern Hemisphere."

Architectural tours are held 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.

Private groups can book at other times to suit.

Adults: $42 | Child: $25

Bookings essential.

Ph: 03 477 3320 or Email: reception@olveston.co.nz

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3pm-5pm, Tuesday 21 Dec


Olveston Garden Tour (4th Tuesday of month) 3-4pm

A garden of National Significance. Kauri to Cactus and everything in between. Learn how the Olveston garden has been shaped by 200 years of gardening history.

Tours on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 3-4pm.

Private group tours by arrangement at a time to suit (between 9am and 4pm), minimum group size 8 people.

Adults: $24.00| Child: $13.00

Bookings essential.

Ph: 03 477 3320 or Email: reception@olveston.co.nz

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3pm-4pm, Tuesday 28 Dec


November 2021

Event Bookings November 2021

  • Six Daily Guided Tours

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

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