• A Ceremony of Welcome in New Zealand

    The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae often hosts Ceremonies of Welcome for Heads of State and dignitaries from other countries. This video of the Ceremony of Welcome for HRH Prince Harry at Government House in Wellington has been produced to give people an idea of what the ceremony involves. The sub-titles will be translated into other languages as required. 


  • Charlotte Royale cake recipe

    Charlotte Royale
    For the sponge rolls:
    • 6 large free-range eggs
    • 150 grams caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
    • 150 grams self-raising flour
    • Raspberry jam
    For the bavarois:
    • 9 leaves gelatine
    • 300 grams blackcurrants or boysenberries
    • 2 tbsps crème de cassis
    • 600 ml full-fat milk
    • 8 free-range egg yolks
    • 450 ml double cream
    To decorate:
    • 75 grams caster sugar

  • Charlotte Royale recipe - in honour of Princess Charlotte

    Charlotte Royale

    For the bavarois:
    • 9 leaves gelatine
    • 300 grams blackcurrents or boysenberries
    • 2 tbsps crème de cassis
    • 600 ml full-fat milk
    • 8 free-range egg yolks
    • 450 ml double cream

    To decorate:
    • 75 grams caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp arrowroot
    • 150 ml double cream
    • 25 gm icing sugar

  • Prince Harry - Visit Itinerary

    Wellington (9th May)

    Prince Harry will be greeted by the Governor General at Government House for an Official Welcome. He will visit the National War Memorial and ANZAC Square in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. He will also attend the Hurricanes vs Sharks Super 15 Rugby Game at the Westpac Stadium.

    Stewart Island (10th-11th May)

    Prince Harry will meet the local community and travel to Ulva Island, a Department of Conservation open island sanctuary.

  • Amazing Easter Wreath

    This recipe, from part-time Government House Chef Clare Kelly, takes a bit of time to make but is well worth the effort. Not only does it look impressive, it tastes amazing...hence the name!

    Amazing Easter Wreath

    1 ¼ cups tepid milk
    3 tsp dried yeast granules
    1 ½ Tb sugar
    2 tsp salt
    50g of softened butter
    1 ½ cups bread flour

  • The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award

    Every year, the Governor-General of New Zealand, in partnership with the RSA seeks out a New Zealander who lives life in a way that embodies the Anzac spirit.

    The Governor-General’s Anzac of the Year Award looks to honour someone whose achievements demonstrate the qualities of  comradeship, compassion, courage and commitment.

  • Bledisloe Garden Reception 2015

    The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae would like all invited guests coming to the Bledisloe Garden Reception on Waitangi Day to know that the reception will go ahead as planned unless extreme weather makes it unsafe to do so.

    Any changes to the situation will be posted here.

  • New Year Message

    Kia ora koutou. Nga mihi o te tau hou. New Year Greetings to you all.

     Last year I was fortunate to visit two isolated, tranquil landscapes – at Wairau Bar and Rangihoua, places which may not be familiar to many New Zealanders. As it happens, they are of profound significance to the history of human settlement on our planet. New Zealand was the last major land mass to be settled and Wairau Bar is now considered one of the first major entry points for Polynesian migration in New Zealand. Rangihoua was the site of the first permanent European settlement here.

  • Christmas Eccles Cakes

    500g puff pastry

    50g unsalted butter
    110g dark brown sugar
    220g currants
    1tsp ground all spice
    1 tsp ground nutmeg

    3 egg whites, beaten with a fork
    A shallow bowl of castor sugar

    To make the filling - Melt the butter and sugar together then add them to dry ingredients. Mix well and then leave to cool.

  • State Banquet for the President of China

    The menu served at the State Banquet held in honour of His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China and Madam Peng Liyuan. 

    Tian of Waikanae crab and avocado, poached crayfish and tomato jelly

    Braised Organic pork belly with buttered karengo, kumara fondant, moon clams and cocktail paua

    ‘Neudorf’ Sheep milk yoghurt panna cotta with Manuka honey, kaffir lime and kiwifruit


Tours of Government House Wellington for the public, schools and community groups are being offered, starting in the New Visitor Centre.

Find out more.


  • A Ceremony of Welcome in New Zealand
  • Charlotte Royale cake recipe
  • Charlotte Royale recipe - in honour of Princess Charlotte
  • Prince Harry - Visit Itinerary
  • Amazing Easter Wreath
  • The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award
  • Bledisloe Garden Reception 2015
  • New Year Message
  • Christmas Eccles Cakes
  • State Banquet for the President of China
  • Grilled Turbot Fillet and Cwmglyn Rarebit
  • The Governor-General and Government Formation After the Election
  • Government House Recipes - Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake
  • New Year message - 2014
    Governor-General's 2014 New Year message
  • New Year Honours 2014
    Queen honours New Zealand's best
  • Nelson Mandela
    Governor-General pays tribute to South African leader
  • Niue and the Cook Islands
    Visits reaffirm special relationships within the Realm of New Zealand
  • Badge of the General Fono of Tokelau
    Governor-General hosts ceremony at Government House
  • Leadership Week
    Governor-General leads the Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team
  • Matariki 2013
    Governor-General recognises the contribution of women
  • Coronation Diamond Jubilee
    The Governor-General looks back at the Queen's 1953 Coronation
  • AIDS Candlelight Memorial
    Message from the Governor-General
  • South Canterbury and North Otago Regional Visit
    20-23 February: An overview
  • Waitangi Day - 2013
    Governor-General and Lady Janine visit Waitangi and Auckland
  • New Year Message 2013
    Governor-General issues his 2013 New Year message
  • New Year Honours 2013
    New Zealanders recognised by The Queen of New Zealand
  • Birthday cake
    Secrets of Government House birthday cake revealed
  • Diamond Jubilee visit
    Royal couple to visit Auckland, Wellington, Manawatu and Christchurch
  • Royal reception
    Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall prepare for trip to downunder
  • New Zealand's Governor-General
    Government House publishes new booklet
  • 2012 London Olympic Games
    The Governor-General supports the NZ Olympic Team in London
  • Diamond Jubilee message
    The Governor-General's Diamond Jubilee message
  • Open to view - credentials ceremonies
    Watch the video of a credentials ceremony at Government House
  • Western Bay of Plenty regional visit
    The Governor-General makes his first official visit.
  • Open Days 2014
    Government House Open Days 2014
  • Christchurch and Canterbury Earthquake Anniversary
    The Governor-General's Programme
  • Waitangi Celebrations 2012
    The Governor-General's first Waitangi Day Programme
  • Governor-General's New Year Message
    Sir Jerry Mateparae issues his 1st New Year message - watch the video
  • State Opening of Parliament
    Governor-General announces the Government's plans
  • Speaker-elect confirmation ceremony
    Dr Smith confirmed as Speaker of the House
  • Appointment of the new Government
    The Governor-General appoints the new Government
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Emblem
    New emblem to mark the Diamond Jubilee
  • Rugby World Cup
    Message from the Queen of New Zealand on the All Blacks' victory
  • State Swearing-in of Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae
    A Government House short film
  • Royal NZ Navy 70th Anniversary
    The Governor-General hosted and attended associated events
  • New Zealand Gallantry Awards
    Government House has today issued a special honours list
  • One year on from the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake
    Governor-General issues a message
  • Swearing in ceremony
    Sir Jerry Mateparae to become NZ's 20th Governor-General
  • Sir Paul Reeves
    New Zealand's first Governor-General of Maori descent dies
  • Visit by King George Tupou V of Tonga
    The Governor-General hosted a State Welcome for the King of Tonga
  • Māori King visits Government House
    The King plants a tree to mark the visit
  • Matariki
    The Governor-General's 2011 Matariki Message
  • The Royal Wedding
    Sir Anand and Lady Susan attended the Royal Wedding on 29 April
  • ANZAC Day message
    The Governor-General's message for ANZAC Day commemorations
  • The National Christchurch Memorial Service
    Details and photos are available here.
  • Christchurch Earthquake
    Governor-General offers the support of all New Zealanders
  • Canterbury earthquake
    World leaders send messages of support to New Zealand
  • Waitangi Day 2011
    Sir Anand Satyanand's last Waitangi Day as Governor-General
  • New Year Message
    Governor-General issues his message for 2011
  • Pike River Mine Tragedy
    World leaders send messages of support to New Zealand
  • Governor-General visits Canterbury
    A visit to support and encourage those affected by the earthquake
  • New Year Message
    Governor-General issues his message for 2010
  • Governor-General's 2009 New Year Message
    New Zealanders urged to volunteer