Government House Wellington

Bookings essential

Government House in Wellington is a large, two-storeyed house, with a grand staircase, dozens of large and small rooms, long corridors and a flag tower. 

It was built between 1908 and 1910. The first vice-regal resident was Lord Islington, Governor from 1910 to 1912. The house has eight guest suites, a self-contained apartment for the Governor-General and her spouse, as well as a ballroom, conservatory, sitting rooms, service rooms, kitchens and a wing of offices. The House has a floor area of about 4,200 square metres. The grounds cover about 12 hectares, including flat lawns and gardens, and steep hillside. Exotic species of trees are increasingly being complemented by trees and shrubs native to New Zealand. This is a highly regarded activity on Tripadvisor that not many people know about. Bookings essential and there is a security protocol – contact the visitor team.



For more info visit:

Government House Wellington


Visitor Entrance
At the top end of Hospital Rd (off Adelaide Rd)


04 382 0837



The house and Visitor Centre are wheelchair friendly and have wheelchair access bathrooms. There are extra wheelchairs available on request. The Hospital Road entrance has a steep hill from Adelaide Road. This is the entrance gate for tours. The grounds of Government House are variable with their accessibility. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the person you are visiting or the Visitor Centre. Sign language interpreters available with advance notice.


Government House has marked mobility parks by the reception entrance and Visitor Centre. There are also general parks onsite for visitors.


The nearest bus stop for tours (Hospital Road gate) is outside Wellington Hospital. Foot routes do involve a hill.

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