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.
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