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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
Paige C
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 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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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
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the public tours and we were not disappointed with a great guide telling us the... More 

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Werribee, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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, with its beautifully crafted timberwork and examples of NZ craftsmanship (including the carpets which were... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 being boring. We really enjoyed the experience.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

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

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Heather R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Went there for a friends investiture. What a beautiful place. We were given fantastic service and invited to look around the house enjoying drinks and finger food.

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