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“Very regal”
Review of Government House

Government House
Ranked #51 of 237 things to do in Wellington
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Government House is only open on rare occassions. They hold an annual open day, and this year it was open twice to celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Whether you have an interest in Victorian era buildings, or if you want to learn more about the Monarchy and Queen of New Zealand and her New Zealand Governor-General, visiting Government House is a must.

The Diamond Jubilee Visitor's Centre is due to be opened by HRH Prince Charles this November, so that will further enhance your visit.

Thank Aaron H
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

What a beautiful house. Recently refurbished and looks like what it is meant to be - a showpiece for our country. Would have liked to have spent longer on the art work - especially the portraits of centuries old English monarchy - but I don't think the Year Six class would have approved.

Thank NeedGoodCoffee
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

This private residence is only opened on rare occasions, so if you get an opportunity to visit, do it. It is gorgeous, especially since the recent renovations.

1  Thank Mel-Kiwi_NZ
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

What an experience this was. The grounds were immaculate and we were very well hosted at Government HOuse. The public area rooms were lovely. Great views over Wellington and the carpets very plush. Portraits of English Kings and Queens and even Oliver Cromwell!!! in the same room.

Thank kiwimarg
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

if you are interested in learning about this subject you cannot go wrong here as in the title very informative the tour guide is very helpful and answered all questions from people in our tour the grounds of the building are very nice the tours are not anytime so make sure you check that out before turning up also you are not allowed cameras on the tour

Thank kingofpro
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