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Old Government House

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This historic building provides on-campus apartments to visiting academic staff.

Old Government House was the first mansion of its kind built in New Zealand. Classical in style, it was the seat of government from its completion in 1856 until 1865 when the capital was moved to Wellington. For the next century it was Auckland’s vice regal residence. Royalty stayed there six times and the present Queen broadcast her Christmas speech to the Commonwealth in 1953.

Old Government House is located right in the centre of the City Campus and offers 2 studio apartments, 1 one-bedroom apartment, 1 two-bedroom apartment.

The apartments are fully furnished and include fully equipped kitchens with crockery and utensils, lounge rooms with televisions, bathrooms, shared laundry facilities, and all linen and towels are provided. Telephones with free local access are provided in all rooms, and wireless broadband internet access is available in the apartments. All apartments are serviced weekly.

We advise you to book early, as the apartments are very popular and often booked well in advance.

Booking conditions for Old Government House

  •  Cost: Apartments are priced between $470 - $500 per week.
  • Reservations: Are limited to six weeks only and are for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Responsibility of payment: In all cases the host department shall remain ultimately responsible for payment. No reservation will be confirmed without an Activity Centre and Account Code.
  • Deposit:  To secure the booking, a deposit of two weeks is required, payable 2 weeks before check-in.
  • Cancellations: Must be made in writing to The host department will remain liable for the prepaid deposit if the cancellation of booking is received less than two weeks prior to arrival. Amendments to the arrival date must be made two weeks prior to arrival, or the full balance of the original booking will be charged.
  • Charges: Are per week, and include a weekly cleaning service. GST is included where guests are paying for themselves.  Additional costs may be charged to the host department or if property has been damaged or if additional cleaning is required. 
  • The apartments within Old Government House are not suitable for children under the age of 12. Please advise Accommodation Solutions, at the time of booking, if any additional guests will be staying.
  • Check-in time at Old Government House is between 2pm and 5pm, and the check-out time is at 10am.
  • Bookings and enquiries can be emailed to: