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Address: 1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-389 8055
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A beautiful heritage building, Government House in Wellington is the...

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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Afternoon with the GG.

We didn't go into Government House but we're there as guests of the GG for Waitangi Day celebrations. Beautiful period piece of architecture in a stunning botanical setting. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 February 2017
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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154 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We didn't go into Government House but we're there as guests of the GG for Waitangi Day celebrations. Beautiful period piece of architecture in a stunning botanical setting. We will return to Wellington do the free tour soon. Lovely grounds and the staff for the event were excellent - both the students serving and the GGs staff working on the... More 

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

This was a very interesting visit. Our guide knew the property so well, her knowledge was inspiring. She was friendly and polite and took us slowly around answering our questions. The tour took about two hours, including the beautiful maintained grounds. It is an amazing property and so full of history. It must be of great interest to residents of... More 

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Thank chicksncats
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

You can book a tour of Government House, the official residence of the NZ Governor-General. Bookings are easily done online. The tour takes about 2 hours and includes both inside and out. The state rooms are amazing - not overly opulent, but certainly befitting the Vice-Regal resident. Heather, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about everything - from paintings and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I didn't know that you could visit the Governor General's residence until I was looking through things to do in Wellington on Trip Advisor. What an amazing place!!!! I highly recommend visiting.....and it's free! Our tour, with our incredibly informative and interesting guide, took around 2 hours. The tour started with a short video about the role of the Governor... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

If you ever get the chance to go to Government House, go there. We were privalliged to be invited there recently and meet our new Governor General and her husband. great hospitality, thanks.

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Thank Vortex-Wind-Karting
Auckland, New Zealand
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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, the Governor General) All tours are guided and you get an insight into what Governors... More 

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Thank Kiwiseley
Wellington, New Zealand
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 by booking a tour- tours need to be booked due to security and functions that... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a special honour. Now it has a wonderful visitor centre and you can book on... More 

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Thank MoneypennyNZ
New Zealand
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45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 without an doubt!

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Thank Sebastianauckland100
Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and a privilege to take a tour of this important part of our State process... More 

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