Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home
& Theomin Gallery

Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie and their two children Edward and Dorothy.

Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built as a family home furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world.

Intended for future generations of Theomin’s to enjoy, this was not to be the case as both the Theomin children died without heirs. Surviving the death of her father, mother and elder brother, Miss Dorothy Theomin lived at Olveston until her death in 1966, when it was discovered the house and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin.

Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966.

Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century.

Read in Chinese 中文 or Japanese 日文.







Read in English or Japanese 日文.


オルヴェストン邸はダニーデン∙ビジネスマン、収集家、そして慈善家でもある、デイヴィット∙セオミン氏、マリー夫人、エドワード、ドロシーの二人の子供達の 為に建てられた。
イギリスで賞賛を浴びている建築家 アーネストジョージ卿のデザインです。



オルベストンは富豪の家族の邸宅。そして20世紀 早期における正真正銘オリジナルの歴史ある家である。

Read in English or Chinese 中文.

View up to the house from the lower garden. View up to the house from the lower garden.

Visiting Olveston

Olveston Historic Home opening hours are 9.30am to 5pm daily. For tour bookings phone 03 477 3320 or email reception@olveston.co.nz

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.

Six 1-hour public tours commence daily at:
9.30 am, 10.45 am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm.
(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, Cantonese, French, German, Japanese and Mandarin are available for group bookings (10 or more). Prior booking essential.

Olveston offers a programme of other events and special tours throughout the year. Visit our Events Calendar for more details about what’s on.

Group Tour Options

1-hr and 2-hr group tours (for 10 or more) are available at other times (evenings included). If you are planning a group tour, consider adding Morning or Afternoon Tea as part of your visit. Please email or contact the house on 03 477 3320 to discuss catering options.

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Car parking is available around Olveston, both all day parking and P90 (90 minutes parking). During the peak season, however, parking can be limited and it may be advisable to walk or take a taxi.

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Responsible Tourism

Click here to read more about how Olveston Historic Home recognises the importance of responsibility towards the environment and in the tourism community.


进入奥维斯顿古宅均由导游带领。 参观花园及礼品店免门费。



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見学はガイドツアーのみ 邸内のガーデン、ギフトショップは無料

ツアー1日6回、開始時間:9:30am、10:45am、12:00noon, 1:30pm、2:45pm、4:00pm(見学予約が必要)


邸内のガイドツアーは1時間。邸内、建物の外観、四季とりどりの草花が 咲く庭園の見学、家族が使用のクラシック車(1920年代のFiat510Tourer)が車庫に保存。ギフトショップ等全てを見学される場合には 1時間15分必要です。邸内ガイドツアー人数は1グループ15名まで。

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ご予約の際、英語、日本語、北京語の専門ガイドが グループをご案内致しますので、お申し出ください(10人又はそれ以上)

Olveston Historic Home

42 Royal Terrace
Dunedin 9016

Phone + 64 3 477 3320
Fax + 64 3 479 2094
E-mail reception@olveston.co.nz

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