Parliament Buildings, 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 Parliament Buildings. 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 Parliament Buildings a part of your Wellington vacation plans using our Wellington trip itinerary builder site .
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  • We did the 1 hour tour of the parliament which was well worth it. Our guide Euan was excellent, knowledgeable about the buildings and history with a sense of humour that we really appreciated.  more »
  • It is a building of a singular beauty. While this central location you can see from the spectacular promenade by the sea. This surrounded by gardens that are worth knowing and very close to the Anglican Church, also worth watching
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  • It looks pretty good and it is a special building, looking a bit tired though - however if you've never seen it up close then come and have a look .... its a good photo op :)  more »
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  • The New Zealand Parliament (Māori: Pāremata Aotearoa) is the legislature of New Zealand, consisting of the Queen of New Zealand (Queen-in-Parliament) and the New Zealand House of Representatives. The Queen is usually represented by a governor-general.[1] Before 1951, there was an upper chamber, the New Zealand Legislative Council. The Parliament was established in 1854 and is one of the oldest continuously functioning legislatures in the world.[2]
  • Lovely building. The free tour is a must - you get to see the best parts of the building, including the base isolaters used to make the building earthquake proof. You can also sit in on parliament, whilst it is in session.
  • Absolutely loved it!! They have different tours throughout the day..
  • One of the few places in the world where we can see the government of a country in action so one would expect the rigorous security upon entering the building. I always do the free one hour tour as it's well worth the time. Headsets available for non English speakers. Highlight of my guests' time with us.
  • It was awesome to see inside the buildings where our laws are made. Especially the debating chamber.

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