We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Government House

1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-389 8055
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Government House Wellington

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

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andy S
,
Tauranga, New Zealand
Investiture at Government House

We were invited to join an Investiture of an old friend. The building is beautifully decorated... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Israthai
,
Mae Rim, Thailand
Read all 52 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
1 Rugby St, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
CONTACT
Website
+64 4-389 8055
Write a Review
Reviews (52)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 50 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

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 30 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 24 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 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
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
People's Coffee
16 reviews
.82 km away
Cicio Cacio Osteria Newtown
114 reviews
.75 km away
Baobab Cafe
67 reviews
.76 km away
Curry Heaven
57 reviews
.72 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Great War Exhibition
1,704 reviews
.88 km away
National War Memorial
238 reviews
.94 km away
Dominion Museum
32 reviews
.83 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Government House staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit