When boot baron Robert Hannah built Antrim House in 1905 it was the ultimate statement home, a sumptuous Italianate affair on one of urban Wellington’s most notable residential streets. Today, the house fits snuggly between high-rise apartments and office blocks, a stone’s throw from Wellington’s busiest streets. Surrounded by lawns and mature trees – a favourite lunch-time spot– it’s a green oasis among the concrete and clatter of the CBD.
Antrim House is closed for construction and will re-open in 2024 with a new colour scheme, a new improved roof and improved seismic resilience.
Staff who usually work at Antrim House are working from temporary offices nearby.
Antrim House is a three-storey building but only the ground level is open to visitors. A ramp is available at the rear of the house, however as this is a working office this door is often locked. Please call us when you arrive, and we will be more than happy to have you visit. There is access for people with wheelchairs to all areas open to the public on the ground floor. There is a drop-off point in the carpark for visitors with limited mobility.
Food and Drink
The grounds of Antrim House are a popular spot for office workers to picnic on fine days. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please remember to take all food and waste with you.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Antrim House makes a stunning heritage venue and backdrop for your next event in Wellington. Located just a few minutes stroll away from the centre of Wellington city. Set back from the street and removed from the bustle of the city, it provides a peaceful setting for meetings and private functions during normal business hours. Antrim House can also make a wonderful wedding ceremony, reception, and photography venue for small weddings. Contact us for more info.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are things for kids to see. Inside, kids will appreciate a quick look to see the grandeur of the house once owned by the man who has put shoes on every kiwi kid. Outside, is the real gem, explore the garden or stretch little legs on the lawn. If you’re game, see if you can run all the way up to the top in one go.
Things to remember
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
Antrim House is a working office and as such, some rooms may not be available to view if meetings are being held. We thank you for your understanding during these times.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.
A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.
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