Antrim House

Right in the heart of Wellington is Antrim House, a prominent landmark in what was once a predominantly residential central city street. Its historic significance arises from its origins as the home of successful businessman and founder of R Hannah & Co Ltd, Robert Hannah, his wife Hannah and their family.

Antrim House

Antrim House (named after the county of Robert's birth) was his last home, had all the latest conveniences including gas, electric light and bathrooms. It was designed in Italianate style by the firm of Thomas Turnbull & Son, which designed many other notable Wellington buildings. It has kauri panelling and staircase, stained glass windows (all different) and ornate ceilings by Wunderlich of Sydney. In the grounds are a stable block and conservatory.

Since Robert's death in 1930, Antrim House has been home to many people - as private hotel, public service hostel for young men. In 1979 Antrim House was given to Heritage New Zealand, for use - so appropriately - for our headquarters.

Though surrounded by high rise buildings, Antrim House still has its lawns and trees, an oasis of green in the city. The Hannah Room is available for hire for business meetings.

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Temorarily closed for construction

Antrim House is closed for several months for construction works.  Our National Office staff is temporarily located at

Level 20
Plimmer Tower
2-6 Gilmer Terrace
Wellington 6011.

Home, hotel, hostel, headquarters... still an oasis of green in the city.
  • Stained glass at Antrim House

    Stained glass window in the (former) dining room.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Doorway detail at Antrim House

    Intricate carving on the door frame is typical of the exquisite detailing within Antrim House. Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Antrim House

    A view from the driveway. Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Meeting room at Antrim House

    Removed from downtown bustle, Antrim House provides a peaceful setting for meetings and small private functions. Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • View of meeting room

    The fireplace in the Hannah Room, although not original to the house, features motifs from Sir Walter Scott's novels.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Library at Antrim House

    Interior view - the Library.  Image: Heritage New Zealand