David Theomin, a Jewish immigrant, was a self made man, having made his fortune through his importing company and other businesses. He commissioned London architect Sir Ernest George to design a fine home for his family in 1902. Olveston is the only home in the Southern Hemisphere that was developed by the famous architect.
A 35-room Jacobean stately home gifted to the city by the wealthy Theomin Family in its entirety with an original and vast collection of paintings, furniture and decorative objects, is open daily
Farm stay - our hosts
Our hosts are Aileen and Kevin, who are a super couple.
We are served a most delicious dinner of kumara soup, chicken or pork, roast or mashed potato, carrots, peas cauliflower and broccoli. Enough to feed a whole army and absolutely scrummy. For afters we have fresh fruit salad and a lovely pavlova roll.
This is a free activity, but if you wish to do this, you MUST have a good set of legs on you, as it requires A LOT of walking (mostly Downhill on the way, a VERY big hill on the way back)
Tunnel Beach is a walking track across private property, to a small cliff face with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It is called Tunnel beach, because there is a small man made tunnel that leads down to a secluded beach. The story behind this tunnel is that an father built this for his two daughters so they could enjoy a beach all to themselves...
LARNACH CASTLE GARDENS
The gardens.....they are large, so be prepared for some walking as they cover 35 acres!
Renowned as one of NZ’s finest gardens it is a top rating “Garden of International Significance”.
They are constanly being developed to their original form, so far, it has taken 40 years of hard work by Margaret Barker who is now the owner. When they bought the Castle, there was little of the garden remaining.
Larnach had planted a shelter belt of Cypress for wind protection on all sides, not all this has survived, because Margaret removed some, so the "Barkers" could enjoy the lovely views.
The Laburnum Tunnel is one point where there is a spectacular vista through the tunnel and down to the harbour.
Original framework of paths, hedges and trees and been found and established again.
There are nine different gardens.......
South Seas Garden, Larburnum Arch & Green Room, Patterned garden, Lost Rock Garden, Serpentine Walk, Rain Forest and Alice Lawn.
Spring to summer is the prettiest time to visit when the perennial borders are in full flower, the Azalea's and Rhododendron's are at their best, and many others are in full bloom.
Visit in Autumn, and the Scottish Heathers are flowering and follow the Native trail
Make sure you look at your grounds map so that you don't miss anything!
These are beautiful gardens, and ones that are constantly being improved, I will be returning for another visit for sure!
Entry to the Castle's gardens and grounds, ballroom cafe, historic stables and outbuildings. Informative garden and native plant trail brochures and maps provided to assist with exploring the gardens and grounds.
Adult $10.00 Child (5-14) $ 3.00
New Zealand's only castle, built in 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, for his first wife Eliza and their 6 children .Larnach Castle has everything, NZ antiques, panoramic tower views, beautiful gardens, master craftsmanship, restaurant, accommodation, tearooms and gift shop ( of course :)
200 people spent 3 years to buith the castle and master European craftsmen spent a 12 years embellishing the interior. Marble from Italy, glass from Venice, tiles from England, very impressive.
It is must see in Dunedin...
Open 9am - 5pm daily 9am - 7pm from October until April
Gardens & Grounds only entrance $10.00 Adult, $3.00 Child.
Castle & Gardens $20.00 Adult, $10.00 Child