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Parliament Buildings

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Address: Molesworth Street, Wellington 6160, New Zealand
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+64 4-817 9503

Free, one-hour guided tours of Parliament operate every day on the hour....

Free, one-hour guided tours of Parliament operate every day on the hour. Take a tour with one of our trained guides to visit key parts of Parliament's buildings and learn about our parliamentary processes, and have an insight in to New Zealand's history and culture. Tours operate seven days a week with the first tour at 10am, last tour 4pm. We recommend you arrive least 15 minutes before the tour departs as tour group sizes are limited and so you have time to check in your belongings. Everyone must leave their bags, coats, phones, cameras and other electronic devices in secure storage at the Visitor Centre in the Beehive. Individuals do not need to book. Groups of 10 or more are required to book their tour in advance. Specialist tours are avaiable on request but must be booked in advance.

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Three buildings for the price of one

I took the free tour on Sunday at 1400. Delightful guide. She was adept at explaining the history and architecture of the buildings, as well as the Kiwi, modified Westminster... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took the free tour on Sunday at 1400. Delightful guide. She was adept at explaining the history and architecture of the buildings, as well as the Kiwi, modified Westminster parliamentary system, which I had not understood until then.

Thank Rover1313
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to learn about the history of the government of New Zealand. People are nice there and I would recommend it.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Parliamentary Tour is very interesting for tourists to New Zealand. They need to learn the History of our Beautiful Country . They must also learn that our Parliament is the Law making place in New Zealand.

Thank ccdd1
Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went for the full 1 hour tour and, as Parliament was in recess, we got to access some places we otherwise couldn't. I had Ben as the tour guide and he told us he wasn't a regular - he usually works with students. This was borne out by the fact his tour was heavy on history and symbolism, which... More 

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Lakeville, MN
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tour of the Parliament House was a guided 1 hr overview of the activities and structure of the New Zealand political process. They also take you underneath to the new extensive renovations to buffer any future earthquakes on the building. They were not in session when we toured in March. We saw the House Chambers, Debating Chambers, Banquet Hall,... More 

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a guided tour of the facility including the Parliament chamber. This is a one house form of government. Caution: Security is very tight and you cannot take a camera with you or take pictures with your cell phone.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As our tour began we had to be evacuated because the emergency alarm went off. Our tour guide however continued to give a great lesson about the parliament buildings despite this interruption and I throughly enjoyed his take on the history of the two buildings!

Thank missmac93
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tours are free and last about an hour. The guide was very knowledgeable and really gave a feel for what it's like to work in the parliament building. We then went and sat in the chamber and watched a debate for 20 minutes, which was fascinating to observe. Great way to spend a rainy few hours.

Thank Matthew C
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ther is a free tour around certain parts of the "beehive" parliament building which also takes in some of the old building including the debating chamber. If you having been able to vivit Westminster UK, this is a very good place to visit. There is also a trip to the basement to see how the building is protected against earthquakes... More 

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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 interesting. Huge amount of history and worth a look if your stuck for something to do in wellington one day.

Thank RickTrevit

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