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Government House

1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-389 8055
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A free tour of a New Zealand iconic building - interesting and relaxed.

On this trip to Wellington, I joined a tour of the Governor-Generals residence that was built in... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
gazzy43
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
A Piece of Kiwi History

Be sure to book in advance. Heather was our tour guide and she is very knowledgeable about the... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
MSNICKY2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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A beautiful heritage building, Government House in Wellington is the principal residence for New Zealand's Governor-General. Designed in the office of the Government Architect, John Campbell, the designer of Parliament Buildings,the house was built between 1908 and 1910. A major strengthening and refurbishment project was undertaken in 2008,with the official reopening taking place in March 2011. Built mostly of wood, Government House has eight guest suites and a self-contained apartment for the Governor-General, as well as a ballroom, conservatory, sitting rooms, service rooms, kitchens and offices. The formal rooms can be visited by the public,schools and community groups Visitors may also tour the gardens if the weather is fine.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

On this trip to Wellington, I joined a tour of the Governor-Generals residence that was built in 1909 and has been the home of Governors or G-G's since. Thankfully in early 2000's it was restored and is indeed a beautiful building with a lot of...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Be sure to book in advance. Heather was our tour guide and she is very knowledgeable about the history of the Government House. The tour begins with a short talk on New Zealand politics and the role of the Governor General. The exterior including the...More

Thank MSNICKY2015
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

We have joined the Heather fan club - she was a great guide, talking us through the role of the Governor General, the history of the house and guiding us around the house interior and part of the gardens. She was very unstuffy, making everyone...More

Thank Joanna J
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

The tour around the Government House was excellent. It started with an introduction from the guide and two short films relating to the Governor General and the House. The guided tour of the House was both interesting and informative. The rooms visited were spectacular. The...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Was invited to a reception there and it is a fabulous place - not at all "stuffy" like some places are. Staff on duty were discreet but very helpful and professional.

Thank Mandy M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

As other reviewers have written, this was a fantastically informative tour around the official residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand. Heather, our tour guide, spoke knowledgeably about the historical and contemporary importance of the Governor-General position, and also shared a number of enjoyable anecdotes....More

Thank TBJSutherland
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

The tour of Government House was a highlight of my time in Wellington. Heather, our tour guide, was welcoming, knowledgable and full of interesting facts about the house and the Governor Generals who have lived here. I loved the mixture of video and exhibition in...More

Thank Clara B
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Heather was the most fantastic guide and ensured a wonderfully illuminating tour. Was one of our highlights in Wellington.My husband was roped into the tour and was very surprised at how much he enjoyed it. The group was diverse and all seemed to really enjoy...More

Thank Jaybeekins
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Definitely must see! Owen, our tour guide, gave us so much more information than we could have asked but he did it in such an interesting and informative way. We enjoyed every minute of this tour and learned so much! Highly recommend.

Thank drjandthemissus
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Heather and Owen have provided our New Zealand Senior groups a tour through these magnificent grounds and property two years in a row now. Each time we have enjoyed a wonderful informative 2 hour tour in this prestigious Wellington home. The feedback we have received...More

Thank Andy S
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