Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Government Building Tourist Spot
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. Before you head to Wellington, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Wellington tourist route planner, to make sure you see all that Wellington has to offer, including Parliament Buildings.
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  • well worth the trip to the city just to see this. the lady doing the tour was very knowledgable. a lift available for those that cant manage stairs  more »
  • The hour long guided tour is free. There's a brief video followed by four main stops. The building foundation is on display for its earthquake safety features. Stops at the library, committee hearing ...  more »
  • You must join the tour. Guides are so professional and nice to people. It's free and this is quite a rare opportunity for you to get into the Parliament!!!Tour starts every hour. So it's easy to join.  more »
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  • Did the half hour tour here, interesting enough to see the inside of the building and some small explanations of government in NZ. Check website for tour times - they dont coincide with sitting parliament sessions! No photos allowed on tour. Would recommend the hour tour, not the half hour.
  • Free tours take place at the parliament daily. An enjoyable experience if you look forward to deepen your knowledge on how New Zealand politics matters are organised. You will also have the chance to check the anti-earthquake measures they took when constructing the buildings.
  • The free tour is definitely worth a visit if you're in Wellington. It was very informative and a nice look into the parliamentary buildings.
  • Highly interesting one hour tour of government grounds. One can learn a lot about political system of NZ and history. Everything for free. Highly recommended
  • I went for a hour long tour. While I was waiting to start I was told I can visit the viewing gallery and watch Prime Questions which happened to be going on. Within 5 minutes I was watching the main political leaders in NZ getting grilled. How cool is that? The tour itself gives history of building and information on how NZ is governed. I felt the tour guide went on a bit much about how they earthquaked proof the building and a fire from 100 hundred years ago but broadly pretty interesting. I also was in the lobby right as some ministers were leaving the chambers and media were interviewing others. I have a funny feeling security would be tighter in Washington DC. Really cool few hours

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