Olveston is New Zealand's top landmark according to travel site TripAdvisor. Photo by ODT.
It's not the tallest, the biggest or the oldest, but Olveston
is the best, according to travel site TripAdvisor.
The historic Dunedin home, designed by architect Sir Ernest
George, has beaten the Sky Tower, Wellington's Old St Paul's
Cathedral and the Stone Store in Kerikeri to claim the title
of New Zealand's top landmark in TripAdvisor's Choice
The house was built between 1904 and 1907 for wealthy
businessman David Theomin and his family and was gifted to
the city of Dunedin in 1966 after the death of his daughter,
Dorothy. It is owned and run by the Theomin Gallery
Committee chairman George Friedlander said he was ''very
excited'' for Olveston to be named the top landmark in New
''It was very good news,'' he said.
''It really came out of the blue. I didn't even know they
were announcing the awards until I got the email telling us
we were number one. We are really stoked.''
The house attracted 20,000 to 30,000 visitors a year. It was
the unique character of the site which set it apart.
''It's just a unique slice of history. It's like a snapshot
of time,'' Mr Friedlander said.
''It's almost like they walked out for the day and you are
coming to look.''
South Otago's Nugget Point was in seventh spot for New
Zealand and Olveston was also named the fifth-best landmark
in the South Pacific.
Machu Picchu in Peru was named as the best landmark in the
Award winners were decided by an algorithm which accounted
for the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks and
parks globally during the past year.
NZ's top 10 landmarks
1) Olveston, Dunedin.
2) Sky Tower, Auckland.
3) Old St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.
4) Stone Store, Kerikeri.
5) Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
6) Pompallier House, Russell.
7) Nugget Point, South Otago.
8) Waitangi Treaty House, Waitangi.
9) Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
10) Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland.