New Zealand Parliament, Wellington

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Take a look behind the scenes of New Zealand's political life and learn the history of one of Wellington's most recognizable sights at New Zealand Parliament. The landmark complex consists of four buildings, each a monument to a different era and architectural style. With each housing a significant collection of artwork, the buildings are just as impressive on the inside. Free guided tours of the complex are available every hour. In the executive building, known as the Beehive, you'll find a visitor center and gift shop. Those interested in witnessing the parliamentary process firsthand have the option of watching a session from the public gallery. Make New Zealand Parliament a part of your Wellington vacation plans using our Wellington trip itinerary builder site.
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  • I come and there are people setting everything on fire. They have people urinating on the streets and living in camps and tents. I though these kiwis were nice people but when they have to wear mask.....  more
    I come and there are people setting everything on fire. They have people urinating on the streets and living in camps and tents. I though these kiwis were nice people but when they have to wear mask.....  more »
  • Great buildings and the information regarding how parliament and the government was run made the tour very worthwhile. The tour guide spoke very fast which is not so good when you have poor hearing! 
    Great buildings and the information regarding how parliament and the government was run made the tour very worthwhile. The tour guide spoke very fast which is not so good when you have poor hearing!  more »
  • At 4pm the only place open was the desk in the visitors’ centre with a few small things available to purchase. Perhaps visiting earlier in the day would be a good idea. 
    At 4pm the only place open was the desk in the visitors’ centre with a few small things available to purchase. Perhaps visiting earlier in the day would be a good idea.  more »
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  • New Zealand Parliament Buildings at Wellington Visited on 31/1/2019 New Zealand Parliament Buildings consist of the Edwardian neoclassical-style Parliament House; the Parliamentary Library; the executive wing, and Bowen House. Instead of extending the existing parliament house, the government architect persuaded the Prime Minister to approve a modern building. In 1964, a Scottish architect provided the original conceptual design of a 10-storey round building rising in steps. It also has 4 storeys below ground level. This forms the Executive Wing, the most contemporary of them all, is referred to colloquially as "The Beehive" due to its distinctive shape. Although it is eye catching and very appealing, it does not appear majestic and grand from the street level.
  • the tour was super cool and super informative. it was interesting seeing the places i always see on tv like the debating chamber and the place where press conferences happen. i would have liked to see the earthquake proof structure things but unfortunately due to covid restrictions we couldnt do that. it was quite a tiring walk so i would suggest eating and drinking before going
  • Beautiful historic buildings 🙌🏻 Well worth visiting. Most of these photos were taken with two tour bus loads of people wandering around, so even when busy you can get a clear shot.
  • Must do the tour that is hourly and free. Our guide Euan was incredibly personable and his knowledge was outstanding and he was super patient with the child in the group. Highly recommended.
  • The Parliament Tour was very informative. Glad to have a chance to come inside this magnificent building and learn how the Parliament works.

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