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A beautiful heritage building, Government House in Wellington is the principal residence for New Zealand's Governor-General.

Government House is a large, two-storey house, built mostly of wood, with attics, a grand staircase, a ballroom, dozens of other large and small rooms, very long corridors and a flag tower.

Designed in the office of the Government Architect, John Campbell, the designer of Parliament Buildings, principally by his assistant, Claude Paton, it was built between 1908 and 1910.

The first vice-regal resident was Lord Islington who was Governor from 1910 to 1912.

In late 2008, the House closed for a major strengthening and refurbishment project and was officially reopened on 24 March 2011.

In November 2012, a Visitor Centre was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales and since 2013, members of the public, community groups and school groups are now able to book a tour of Government House.

Free Tours of Government House

Members of the public can now book free tours of Government House using a new online booking system. The tours offer visitors the opportunity to learn of the history and role of the Governor-General and of Government House through interactive displays and an audio-visual presentation.