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Dress code for Government House events

Invitations to Government House often specify a dress code. This guide gives more information on those codes.

Dress codes are suggestions that give guests certainty they are dressed appropriately for the occasion. They are guidelines put in place for the comfort of our visitors rather than rules for admission.

Invitations can also specify if decorations (medals) or national dress may be worn.

Hats or fascinators are not required wear for Government House events, although they are encouraged for outdoor functions.

If you have any queries, please email Invitations.Secretary@govthouse.govt.nz

Dress Description Clothing
Day wear  Smart casual -  an outfit you might wear to a wedding or to church.

Tidy shirt and trousers with a jacket, blazer, or sweater if required. 

Day dress; blouse and a skirt or trousers, cardigan or more informal jacket.

Avoid denim, shorts, sportswear, and jandals.

Business wear

An outfit appropriate for a formal office environment. Often used for daytime or evening events where most guests will be coming directly from work.

Business suit with shirt and tie.

Smart day dress; trousers or skirt and jacket.

Evening wear

Also known as cocktail wear or After Five. 

Business suit with shirt and tie.

Cocktail dress or similar smart dress; skirt or evening trousers.
Black tie

The most formal dress code and an opportunity for 'special occasion' outfits. 

Traditional dinner jacket, trousers, shirt and bow tie.

Long gowns or skirts; evening trousers.
Last updated: 
Monday, 29 March 2021

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