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Government House

1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-389 8055
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Excellent Free Tour

Visited on a Saturday morning on the 10am tour. Shown round by our helpful and informative guide... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Jane W
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Our Tour of Government House is a wonderful experience for everyone who lives in Wellington plus... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
ccdd1
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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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+64 4-389 8055
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Reviewed 11 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
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...More

Thank chicksncats
Reviewed 26 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...More

Thank silverstreak78
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...More

Thank TheRobertsons43
Reviewed 7 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.

Thank Vortex-Wind-Karting
Reviewed 6 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

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