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Government House

1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-389 8055
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Beautiful and informative

Definitely must see! Owen, our tour guide, gave us so much more information than we could have... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Government House Wellington

Heather and Owen have provided our New Zealand Senior groups a tour through these magnificent... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
Andy S
Tauranga, 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 3 weeks ago 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
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
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We were invited to join an Investiture of an old friend. The building is beautifully decorated after in was damaged by earth quake years ago. On a nice day visit the garden as well.

Thank Israthai
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I have been to Government House several times for events with the Governor Generals of the various times, and was unaware that visits were possible other than on official occasions. The property is an oasis of calm in a surprising location just off busy roads,...More

Thank Roger M
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The mansion, as seen from the road, is large and imposing in a 19th century way. I felt transported back to the Victorian era, the 1840's, when it was built. It's now the official residence of the Governor General of New Zealand and fully furnished...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We were on the morning tour of 15 July. Tour guide Heather was superb, in fact I cannot recall ever having a better tour guide anywhere in the world, at any time (friendly, enthusiastic, informative, humorous, knowledgeable, lovely personality). Everything was a visual treat, from...More

Thank S_Kiwi_guy
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Visited on a Saturday morning on the 10am tour. Shown round by our helpful and informative guide Owen, it was great to hear the stories and tales from the house and of the different Governer Generals. Great tour and a good insight into a part...More

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Our Tour of Government House is a wonderful experience for everyone who lives in Wellington plus Visitors from out of Wellington and New Zealand. The Tour Guides no their job and make the Tour very interesting for all. I recommended this Tour to anyone.

Thank ccdd1
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Government Houses around the world can sometimes be hard to get into, but here in New Zealand it couldn't be a simpler or more rewarding experience. The tour starts in the small but jam-packed visitor centre with a short video before moving to the house...More

Thank geographyguy_11
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...More

Thank OsteoG
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