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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  • October 11, 2017
    We strolled around the parliament buildings. Obviously the government welcomes ordinary people because they have made visiting its main buildings so easy - and made visitors feel very welcome. The arc...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Unluckily we picked the wrong day to visit and the debating chamber was closed to the public but we were still able to see limited areas. The tour was well worth the time and the guide had a good sens...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    We took a stroll to see the parliament buildings on the morning before we headed home as 8 year old we were with was particularly interested in seeing the beehive. She wasn't disappointed! Worth a loo...  more »
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  • August 1, 2017
    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.
  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    We were very lucky to get onto the last tour of the day, and it was certainly educational and worthwhile.
  • September 22, 2017
    A Zoo and Insane Asylum all in one and just like the Newtown Zoo its full of baboons.
  • January 15, 2017
    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.

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