Olveston House Tour

1 Hour
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $15 Per Adult

Olveston House Tour

1 Hour
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Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $15 Per Adult

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      Olveston House Tour

      Dunedin, New Zealand
      From (USD) $15 Per Adult
      • 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.

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      Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.

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