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“NZ Heritage”

Parliament Buildings
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Owner description: 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.
Auckland, New Zealand
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“NZ Heritage”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

A visit to Parliament Buildings in Wellington is always interesting. Just a short walk from the CBD are the historic buildings and the iconic Beehive, so-named because of the Drones inside [just kidding!] An important part about this one-hour-long visit is that it is FREE. The guides are always informative, knowledgeable and interesting. A certain amount of walking is involved throughout the buildings, but nothing out of the way for even the most disabled. The Select Committee room is particularly outstanding, with its woven flax walls and Maori carvings. The Parliamentary Chamber itself is of great interest, following the Westminster system, with the story of the colour of the carpets throughout quite fascinating. But don't think for a moment one can sit in the seats. Parts of the buildings are not open to the public, but the downstairs area with its earthquake-proof supports which is a similar idea to that at the Te Papa Museum, is a fascinating piece of engineering. Parliament Buildings are an important part of NZ history, and a most interesting place to visit.

Visited May 2013
Thank Joy B
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Suffolk, England
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Free to visit and really interesting. A real must if you are interested in how New Zealand 'works'. I went late in the day and it was a very small and personal tour.

Visited November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Who'd know it could be so exciting!!!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

I went with a Danish friend and we had a wonderful time looking around Parliament and seeing where it all happens!! We watched a session of Parliament and enjoyed seeing how badly misbehaved some of our MP's are and was a little surprised that they got away with interrupting each other and sometimes sounded very rude! However it was entertaining and we enjoyed it. I would recommend a visit to everyone, it is an interesting place to visit.

Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
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“A Tried and True Parliamentary Government!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

The parliament tour in Wellington is a free tour of very high quality. It begins with a pre-tour video outlining the history of the building(s) and then a one hour tour of the old and new structures. There is much to be learned from the experiences of the early legislators, but also the recent representative initiatives including a nuclear free stance, careful protection of the environment, and an independent spirit in managing the multicultural populous who care deeply for their homeland and each other. I enjoyed the special committee room lined with carvings representative of the Maori dieties. Be sure to see the exhibit of the base isolation earthquake engineering features that are part of the tour.

Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Iconic Buildings”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great buildings with nice grounds surrounding.

Recommend the free tour.......educational and interesting if you are into politics or the history of the government and buildings. The tour is approximately one hour long.

Visited September 2013
Thank Amber D
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