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Address: Corner Molesworth and Aitken streets, Wellington, New Zealand
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+64 4-474 3000

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Exploring Wellington

It's so big. It has limited books. Thought there would be more but there was still lots to have a look at. You can't get books out of this Library but the staff were lovely and... read more

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Brisbane, Queensland
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363 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

The only thing to actually visit in the Library when I went inside was the current special exhibition on maps of New Zealand. It was alright, with a few very intricate ones and ones with novelty value like one showing the extent of light from lighthouses off the coast. Captain Cook's chart of New Zealand was a highlight. It was... More 

Thank geographyguy_11
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's so big. It has limited books. Thought there would be more but there was still lots to have a look at. You can't get books out of this Library but the staff were lovely and helpful when I went to have a look.

Thank Holleylolliepop
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2,471 reviews
1,909 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 610 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Lovely place, utterly huge and curiously devoid of books. The guys on security are the best. If you need any help head to the lower ground level and they can help to you out!

Thank KarolaRS
Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is a treasure house, and a must-see for Wellingtonians and visitors alike. Purpose-built and looking a little forbidding from the outside, inside is a different story - the atmosphere is light and airy, there are different configurations of public spaces which are spacious and comfortable, and the staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. For an introduction to the many riches... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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442 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

The national library, with extensive database of materials for viewing and research. Has exhibitions too

Thank happysheepChina
Singapore, Singapore
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527 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

After our visit to the Parliament buildings (please refer to my review about the Parliament here posted earlier), we dropped by here for a short visit as it was near it's closing time (almost 4.30pm) at 5pm. The National Library is just a short walk from the Parliament. It was not crowded then. We do have a routine to visit... More 

Thank ZfyEd
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

Even though we've lived in Wellington for near on 9 years, this was the first time we visited this museum (in fact we didn't even know it was there). The digital age stuff was great with the touch screens and the 3D printer, but the most interesting stuff was the "huge map book that takes 2 people to turn a... More 

Thank HypnoWarrior
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

The National Library is well worth a visit if you want to be inspired by New Zealand past and present.

Thank donnabG87RX
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

There are so many books and i think that is great because most modern liberys are so boring but this lirrary is differnt loved it

Thank pianist2003
Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015

So many fantastic historical documentary heritage that you would be sorry not to visit. Excellent collections and amazing study spaces. Also the Turnbull Gallery on the 2nd Floor always has great exhibitions (usually better curated and fresher than those presented on the ground floor).

Thank Hokiarchgirl

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