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Government House

1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-389 8055
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NZ's White House or Buckingham Palace. Only the special get to see this.

Go to the Government House website and make a booking to see where our Governor General lives and... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Worth the trip

The Government House was closed down in 2008 for restoration and earthquake strengthening... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
Paige C
Wellington, New Zealand
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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
1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-389 8055
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Go to the Government House website and make a booking to see where our Governor General lives and what we spend our taxpayers money on. The $44 million restoration has brought this building to a 21st century standard fit for a queen (or her representative,...More

Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 24 September 2016

The Government House was closed down in 2008 for restoration and earthquake strengthening- essentially it was an absolute shambles but now, it is 130% earthquake proof, restored to show both its colonial past and kiwi present and future. A beautiful building that can be visited...More

1  Thank Paige C
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Government House has long been a landmark in Wellington, but one that most of us only viewed from afar, as it sat aloof behind guarded gates and you needed to be a bit special to be invited - royalty, overseas dignitaries or someone being awarded...More

Thank MoneypennyNZ
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Just stunning and most interesting and beautiful grounds and the building is just out of this world. Look out for the resident cat called 'Boot's who is a SPCA rescue cat and lord of the manor! Do visit, just the most amazing building in Wellington...More

Thank Sebastianauckland100
Reviewed 4 May 2016

A stunning example of colonial history overlaid by superb restoration and quirky stories and features. This is not a 30 minute bus tour stop, this is 100 minutes of appreciation of 21st Century kiwi craftsmanship at its best-take pride New Zealand. It is a joy...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 27 April 2016

The official residence of the Governor General of New Zealand visiting this beautiful building is a great way to learn about the changing relationship between New Zealand and Britain. It took until our 4th visit to New Zealand to find a place on one of...More

1  Thank wpwGlasgow
Reviewed 3 April 2016

I visited Government House in March 2016 and was given a tour of the home by Heather Mills, who is the Visitor Co-Ordinator. I found the tour to be interesting, informative and well worth doing. You get to see the Entry and formal dining area,...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 17 March 2016

The public tour takes 2 hours and includes a short film on the history of the house, a guided tour of the public areas and a walk around the grounds. The guide Owen made the tour fun and imparted lots of interesting information without ever...More

1  Thank jonesesn
Reviewed 25 February 2016

What an honour to be able to visit this beautiful house. Fabulous architecture and gorgeous furniture.

Thank dippy_sal
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Wandered around this historic building, on an open day. (Wellington's 150th Anniversary!) The tour guide pointed out interested facts along the way. Beautiful grounds as well.

Thank Heather R
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