• 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

  • Grilled Turbot Fillet and Cwmglyn Rarebit

    3 turbot fillets per person
    Melted butter

    250 ml lager or beer
    2 tbsp plain flour
    2tbsp Dijon mustard
    300g Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese hard cheddar, grated
    2 eggs
    2 egg yolks

  • The Governor-General and Government Formation After the Election

    The Governor-General has an important role in the formation of a government after the election.  He doesn’t decide who is going to be the government, or who is going to lead it as Prime Minister.  His role is to appoint the next government, based on which party or grouping of parties will be able to form a majority in Parliament when it meets again.

  • Government House Recipes - Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake

    Cake Ingredients

    1 1/3 cups of stale white bread crumbs

    1 cup of white or castor sugar

    1 cup of ground almonds

    1½ tsp of baking powder

    1 cup of olive oil (or any other vegetable oil such as sunflower. The more complex the oil the more complex the cake)

    4 eggs

    Zest of 1 large orange

    Zest of 1 un-waxed lemon


    Syrup Ingredients

    Juice and zest of 1 large orange

    Juice and zest of 1 un-waxed lemon

    1/3 cup, white or castor sugar

    2 cloves

    1 x cinnamon stick

  • New Year message - 2014

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

    The New Year holidays are a time to enjoy the long summer days and reconnect with our family and friends.  Spending time during the holidays at home, at the beach or at a park with our friends and whānau reminds us just how important our families are to us and our society. 

    During 2014 the family will be in the spotlight as the United Nations marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.  


Tours of Government House Wellington for the public, schools and community groups are offered by our Visitor Centre.

Find out more.


  • Global Women International Women's Day Event
  • HM The Queen's Message to Christchurch
  • The Bledisloe Address - Waitangi Day 2017
  • Dame Patsy's New Year Message
    Dame Patsy Reddy - New Year Message
  • New Year Honours List 2017
  • Message from HRH The Prince of Wales
  • Message from HM The Queen regarding the North Canterbury earthquake
  • Messages from the Governor-General and Dutch King and Queen
  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Armorial Bearings - Sir Jerry Mateparae
  • Bledisloe Ballot 2017
  • Beer Braised Beef Cheeks
  • Queen approves honours for the Governor-General Designate
  • Boots the Cat - The Biography
  • The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award 2016
  • New Year Message
  • 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
  • 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