Olveston House Tour
Dunedin, New Zealand
- Olveston House: Examine the affluent world of an elite New Zealand family in the early 20th century. This lavishly decorated mansion was built with luxuries considered extravagant at the time, including a service elevator, central heating, and an internal telephone system.
- Gardens and grounds: On the outside, the Edwardian-style home features Moreaki pebbles covering the brick, to make it warmer and more welcoming. Take a stroll through the manicured garden, and don't miss the family's motorcar on display.
About This Dunedin Tour
David Theomin and family had a taste for the finer things in life, and they wanted their home to reflect that. They went to London for the architect and around the world for art and furnishings. In fact, they had so many prized possessions that not all are found inside the house.
In the mansion's garage, built in 1914 with a heating system, service pit, and separate carport, you'll find a fully restored 1921 Fiat 510 Touring limousine. The luxury open-body model came equipped with a 3.4 liter; 5-cylinder engine that made conquering the steep Dunedin hills no problem at all.
The Theomins may have enjoyed entertaining at home and attending fundraisers in support of music and art in Dunedin, but they also liked leisurely rides into Central Otago, scenic trips to Mount Cook, and parading up the east coast of the South Island.
Sometime before the Olveston House was bequeathed to the city of Dunedin in 1966, the Fiat disappeared; it was found in 1993, axle-deep in water, in the rundown shed of a derelict farm outside the city. Restoring it took two years.
Today, the Theomins' Fiat purrs like a kitten. And it's worth nearly $100,000.
A luxury even today
Olveston House is 13,735 square feet of art, weapons collections, and overall opulence. Many of its features were revolutionary at the time of its construction, such as central heat and showers. But one feature of Olveston House still impresses as a luxury today, especially during winter: Every bathroom had heated towel racks.
Please make your way to 42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin to begin your adventure.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather. Olveston Historic Home is a substantial house in an inner suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand.
The amount of walking is at the traveler's discretion while visiting the attraction. Varying surfaces will be encountered during your tour. Must walk at least 600 yards over even, paved and wooden surfaces and climb 25 narrow steps at the Olveston House.
Cultural, Tickets, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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