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A beautiful heritage building, Government House is the main residence of the Governor-General, the Queen’s representative.

Government House offers a number of exciting education programmes, which have been created to facilitate student learning about the house, and the role, history and importance of New Zealand’s Governor-General.

Our knowledgeable educators will guide you through our Visitor Centre and Government House, discovering more about the Governor-General, his activities and the treasures and artefacts contained in the house. For teachers looking at a civics programme, visiting Government House can work alongside visits to Parliament and the Supreme Court.

Tours and programmes

Tours and programmes can be created for all levels from Early childhood, Primary (Years 1-6), Intermediate (Years 7-8), Secondary (Years 9-13), Tertiary.

Programme themes available include:

  • The role and significance of the Governor-General
  • The history of the institution and the way it is evolving
  • The New Zealand honours system and the concept of service to the community and nation
  • How leadership is acquired and exercised and the consequences for communities
  • Art and Art History: New Zealand, European and Maori Art
  • Digital Media: preparation for the production of a digital story with own on-site photographs
  • Technology: conservation project, earthquake strengthening, sustainability.

Our Visitor Centre team are happy to give advice about existing programmes or to tailor something specifically for your group.

  • Government House
    1 Rugby Street
    Mount Cook 6021
    Wellington

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  • 04 382 0837
  • 04 382 0837
  • Government House website
  • 10am - 3pm weekdays. Saturdays by arrangement.

  • Tours are two hours in duration. Entrance to Government House is via the Hospital Road Gate
    Tours are available throughout the school year and the school holidays.
  • Free tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
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