• Education Programme

    Education Programme
  • Olveston on-line shop

    Olveston on-line shop
  • Weddings

  • Olveston Gift Vouchers

  • Bespoke Function Venue

  • Edwardian High Tea

  • Matariki - Olveston Open Day

    Matariki - Olveston Open Day
  • SOIRÉE @ OLVESTON

    SOIRÉE @ OLVESTON
  • Daily Tours

    Six guided tours
    are offered daily

  • ANZEG CONFERENCE EMBROIDERY TOURS

    ANZEG Conference Embroidery Tours
  • Six Strings at Six

    Six Strings at Six
  • Behind the Ropes Tour

  • Art Tour

  • Architectural Tour

  • Olveston Garden Tour

  • Special Family Deal

Education Programme

Education Programme

EXPLORE, ENQUIRE, ENGAGE!

Olveston offers innovative education programmes that explore the Edwardian era.

Olveston Historic Home allows students to experience hands-on and interactive learning in an authentic context.  Programme options are designed to suit all styles and stages of learning.

Olveston is a historically preserved home, which allows endless opportunities for interactive learning and bringing the past to life.

Classroom teachers will  be given the opportunity to select an education programme that supports the students' understanding of the key elements within Olveston..

Programmes can also be tailored specifically to meet the needs of your students and curriculum requirements.  Work with us to create your own unique learning experience.

Enquire now by emailing reception reception@olveston.co.nz or phone us on 03 477 3320.

Financial assistance is available to schools.  Contact Olveston for more details.

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Olveston on-line shop

Olveston on-line shop

Olveston’s online shop showcases gifts which are uniquely inspired from the Olveston Collection. Enjoy these beautiful accessories, and homewares by visiting https://shop.olveston.co.nz/.  All products are also, currently available in the Olveston giftshop and you are welcome to pop in, in person – open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Olveston inspired gifts include Art cards, jewellery, scarves, microfiber lens cleaning cloths, tea towels, soaps and more.

Shop on-line for that special gift or shop in the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere of the Olveston gift shop, open from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. 42 Royal Tce, Dunedin. Ph: 03 4773320.

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Weddings

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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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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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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Edwardian High Tea (1st Sunday of the 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.

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

Adults: $55| Child: $55

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 07 Jul

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Matariki - Olveston Open Day

Matariki - Olveston Open Day

To celebrate Matariki on the 28th June, our friends at Olveston are waiving their usual entry fee.

Olveston was once home to one of the city's most philanthropic families, the Theomins, who donated their house to the people of Dunedin. The Theomin family embodied the spirit of Matariki by honouring those past, celebrating the present and looking to the future. Through education, the arts and humanitarian projects, they encouraged the growth of young people in Dunedin and beyond.

Come and take your time to experience the home of this very special family.

Friday 28th June from 10.45 am – 2.45 pm | Koha/donation entry

1-hour guided tours will set off around every 15 minutes. No booking necessary.

Olveston is recognised as a Tohu Whenua, one of Aotearoa New Zealand's best heritage experiences.

Ring Olveston on 03 4773320 or email reception@olveston.co.nz if you require further information.

Koha/Donation entry

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10:45am-2:45pm, Friday 28 Jun

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SOIRÉE @ OLVESTON

SOIRÉE @ OLVESTON

The award winning Olveston Theatre Troupe presents -THE BIG PICTURE.

Lady Penelope Livingston invites you to supper at Knightsridge Hall.

Come and enjoy an evening with friends and family.

There’s mystery afoot and secrets to uncover.

You may chance upon some delicious gossip on the way.

It’s the 1960’s babe so free to be retro, we will be.

Where: Olveston Historic Home, Great Hall, 42 Royal Tce, Dunedin.

When: Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August  6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Ticket Price: $50.00 per person.  Includes a refreshment and supper.

Bookings essential: Book through our website  or Contact Olveston on 03 477 3320.

$50.00 per person

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6pm-8:30pm, Friday 09 Aug

Upcoming

6pm-8:30pm, Saturday 10 Aug

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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: $25.00 | Child: $14.00 |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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ANZEG Conference Embroidery Tours

ANZEG CONFERENCE EMBROIDERY TOURS

Olveston Historic Home is New Zealand’s finest historic home and museum. Built as the family home of collector and philanthropist David Theomin; a connoisseur of the ‘finest things in life’, the estate was gifted to the city of Dunedin complete with all the original contents in 1966. Over 250 artworks, 3000+ books and manuscripts, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and domestic wares assist the telling of story of this wealth emigrant Jewish merchant family, their friends and fellow supporters of Dunedin rich artistic and cultural history in the early 1900s. By guided tour only, this architectural masterpiece is set within a ‘Garden of National Significance’. The opulence of ‘Olveston’ is a visual, historic and aesthetic delight.

After the tour of the house view some of Olveston's  embroideries  on display  in our Drying Room.

$20.00

Friday 12th July, Saturday 13th July, Sunday 14th July -10.30 am, 1 pm & 3 pm.

Monday 15th July, Tuesday 16th July, Wednesday 17th July - 4.00pm.

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10:30am-11:30am, Friday 12 Jul

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Six Strings at Six

Six Strings at Six

Come and join us at Olveston, in the decadent drawing room for an intimate evening concert, with one of New Zealand’s finest classical guitarists, Braden Southee.

An exploration of works from the classical guitar repertoire; Albeniz, Barrios, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, & more.

$55 - Early Bird Special $40 (up to 5th August 2024)

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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.

Per Person: $44

Bookings essential.

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

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3pm-5pm, Tuesday 02 Jul

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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.

Per Person: $44

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 09 Jul

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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.

Per Person: $44

Bookings essential.

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

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3pm-5pm, Tuesday 16 Jul

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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.

Per Person: $25.00

Bookings essential.

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

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3pm-4pm, Tuesday 25 Jun

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Special Family Deal

Visit Olveston as a family for $80 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.

$80 (for a family of 5)

*$80 (family group of 2 Adults and 3 Children) additional: Adults $25.00 | Children: $14.00.

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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June 2024

Event Bookings June 2024

  • Six Daily Guided Tours

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

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  • Olveston Garden Tour

    3pm-4pm, Tuesday 25 Jun 2024

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  • Matariki - Olveston Open Day

    10:45am-2:45pm, Friday 28 Jun 2024

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