Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Government Building
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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  • If your into politics, history and architecture then you may enjoy a look around the parliament buildings. I thought it would be like getting teeth pulled but I must say it's actually pretty interesti...  more »
  • We were privileged to have a personal guided tour through Parliament arranged by a sitting MP, by their personal assistant in their absence. We could not have wished for a better person to guide us th...  more »
  • This is a free guided tour and takes about an hour. It is very interesting and well presented. I learned a lot about the institution and politics and enjoyed seeing the historic rooms as well as findi...  more »
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  • 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
  • A must go in order to understand and experience the Constitution of NZ.