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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.
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“Free, interesting and hassle free”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Couldn't believe it. We turned up at 3.30pm and were able to go on a tour at 4pm. We got to see the debating hall, the main hall in the beehive and underground where they have the base isolation work. I really recommend it.

Visited January 2014
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

We joined a conducted tour that lasted Andy hour. It was not during a Parliament session time so we were able to see the MP chamber. We also saw the earthquake protection system in the foundations.
We were both pleased that we decided to do the visit, would recommend to anyone visiting Wellington.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Democracy in action”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Been to a few government buildings including the Mother but I have to say the way in which the tour was conducted, the evident pride in the NZ way (Westminster with a serious twist) almost had me applying for citizenship on the spot.

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting tour”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Arrived at 10am to find the one hour tour full. The receptionist said they were putting on an half hour highlights tour at 10.30am. We visited the main areas only, taking in the basement earthquake improvements, the main parliament chamber where all the members of parliament sit. The guide showed us the room where the queen sits at the opening of parliament and the members lobby's. Although the tour was only half an hour the guide gave a very good overview of the parliament functions. Worth a visit.

Visited January 2014
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“Great place to spend an hour or two”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Whether you're a political fan or not it's interesting place to visit. The buildings are stunning inside and out and to be able to walk onto the floor of parliament is a unique experience.

We've got a much better understanding of NZ political process than before, glad we did it.

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