Old Government Buildings, Wellington

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The Government Buildings Historic Reserve, or more commonly referred to as the Old Government Buildings, is situated on Lambton Quay in Wellington. It was completed in 1876, and until 1998 was the second-largest wooden building in the world (after T┼Źdai-ji in Nara, Japan).It was built to house New Zealand's civil service, and now houses the Victoria University of Wellington's Law School. The building, is classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic place by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
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  • One of the largest wooden buildings in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. For one of the oldest in NZ as well, the free visit is really low key as the building is shared with the un...  more »
  • The Old Government Buildings, along with the Parliament Buildings, are a dominant presence at Lambton Quay. Now the law school of Victoria University of Wellington, the historic structure definitely d...  more »
  • This impressive structure has a grand facade and is one of the most historical buildings in Wellington. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.  more »

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