Old Government Buildings, Wellington

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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, previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
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  • I confess that this caused a bit of an argument. I couldn't believe at first that we had found the right place as I was looking for a wooden building and this one looked like stone. It is mostly used ...  more »
  • It took a couple of passes to notice that this big building is indeed wooden, and that visitors are welcome, but by then I was passing by at 5 pm. The exterior is gracious, simpler than the Parliament...  more »
  • If you are going to visit the Beehive (and I highly suggest it) do take the guided tour...it was a treasure trove of information.  more »