Boarding at Antrim: Antrim House Open Day

Hostel residents at Antrim House

Atop its grand hill, Antrim House sits proudly among the towering office buildings and student halls of Boulcott Street. Did you know that Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s national office was once a boarding house?

Between the 1950s and 1970s, Antrim House served as a home for many young men who have gone on to shape Aotearoa New Zealand. They lived together in this stately home under the watchful eyes of staff; living lives that were in some way not so unlike that of our local students today!  While this period and its occupants have long been under-represented in the building’s lengthy history, this open day gives you the chance to learn their stories.

These young men came from many different backgrounds. Some were fresh off the boat from Europe and the Pacific, others were rural Pākehā and Māori who had moved into the city for work.

Online material and a tour have been developed from records, images and interviews with Antrim Old Boys. Come along and learn what life was like for the diverse group of Antrim House boarders.

Event Details


  • Monday 26 October (Labour Day)
  • 11am - 3pm

How Much?

Free/koha welcome

Make a Booking

No bookings required.  Enquiries to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Central Region or 04 494 8320


  • 63 Boulcott Street
  • Wellington
  • 6011

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Alert Level 1: Monday - Friday
  • 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Alert Level 2 and above: Closed to the public
  • Grounds are open at all levels
  • Closed weekends and public holidays.


Free, viewing is limited to the main hallway, lower staircase and former drawing room. Check with reception when you arrive. You are welcome to use the grounds at any time for personal recreation and relaxation.