Olveston top of the pops for visitors

Olveston is New Zealand's top landmark according to travel site TripAdvisor. Photo by ODT.
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 Attraction awards.

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.

Committee chairman George Friedlander said he was ''very excited'' for Olveston to be named the top landmark in New Zealand.

''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 world.

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.

Source: TripAdvisor




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