Government House, Wellington

Government House, Wellington is the official residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand, the representative of the New Zealand head of state Queen Elizabeth II. Its current residents are Dame Patsy Reddy, who has been Governor General since September 2016, and her spouse. The present building was completed in 1910 and it is the third Government House in Wellington.HistoryAs Auckland was the capital from 1840 until 1865, the provision of an official residence for the governor was initially not a priority. It was only during the period of the fourth governor, George Grey, that an official property was provided. The first Wellington Government House was Colonel William Wakefield's villa, located where the Beehive now stands. Wakefield was the Agent for the New Zealand Company and had built the house in 1840 but had died in 1848. The residence was then used as a hospital for a short period in 1848 after the Marlborough earthquake. Wakefield's house was a very plain Regency styled building with verandahs, (Auckland Libraries, 4-1028) it stood on a hill overlooking the harbour. There is a record of the first Government House Ball being held in it, on 10 February 1849 during George Grey's first period as governor.Grey was succeeded by Robert Wynyard, then Thomas Gore Browne (and then Wynyard again). It is possible that neither of these men visited or at least resided in Wellington during their terms and thus the official status of the Wakefield Villa is uncertain. Grey became governor for a second time in 1861 and he certainly used Wakefield House as his Official Wellington Residence.
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  • On this trip to Wellington, I joined a tour of the Governor-Generals residence that was built in 1909 and has been the home of Governors or G-G's since. Thankfully in early 2000's it was restored and ...  more »
  • Be sure to book in advance. Heather was our tour guide and she is very knowledgeable about the history of the Government House. The tour begins with a short talk on New Zealand politics and the role o...  more »
  • We have joined the Heather fan club - she was a great guide, talking us through the role of the Governor General, the history of the house and guiding us around the house interior and part of the gard...  more »
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  • Nice to be able to visit Government House for Waitangi celebrations.
  • The two hour tour of the House is free and very informative. Highly recommended.
  • As a member of the public you can book a 2 hr tour of The Governor General's House for free. It's a brilliant service and the history of the Governor Generals in New Zealand was genuinely interesting, even for an Aussie and a Dane. We would highly recommend it :)
  • Woo, my first time...I'm here for the newtown xmas carols... :)
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