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New Zealand's Capital

The Beehive, Parliament Building and the Parliamentary Library

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The Beehive - New Zealand's Parliament BuildingThe seat of government in New Zealand in centred on the Parliamentary precinct in Wellington.

Within shouting distance of each other are the Beehive, Parliament House, the Parliamentary Library and the Government Buildings.

The Beehive is the headquarters of government and includes the Cabinet room, the Prime Minister's offices and rooms for cabinet ministers and staff.

Completed in 1981, the Beehive got its name from its unusual architectural shape - which looks like a beehive - and stands more than 70 metres high.

Visitors to the Beehive will appreciate the stylish interior which has in the main been built from Takaka marble and native Tawa timber.

In the foyer there is a huge stained-glass window panel called Kotahitanga - Unity 1990, which reflects upon the multi-cultural nature of modern New Zealand.

New Zealand's old Parliament Building and debating chamber is well worth a visit.

Designed and built in the early parts of the 20th Century it has recently undergone a major rennovation and looks superb.

There are free one-hour tours available and guides will take great delight in telling you about New Zealand's style of Government, the workings of the Parliament, the country's history and many other things.

You can wander around key areas of the historic buildings including the Parliament and Legislation chambers and the Grand Hall, as well as taking in New Zealand multimedia artworks in the Galleria.

Parliamentary Tours

Weekday hours: 10 am to 4 pm (last tours depart at 4 pm)
Weekend hours: Saturdays 10 - 3 pm, Sundays 12 - 3 pm (last tours depart at 3 pm)
Closed: New Year's Day & 2 January, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Christmas & Boxing Day.

Parliamentary Library, Wellington, NZOn the other side of the Parliament Building there is the Parliamentary Library.

The Library was destroyed by fire in 1992 and it was rebult in the Gothic style of the original.

Within its walls there are more than 500,000 books related to the laws, legislation and government of New Zealand.

At the southern edge to the Parliamentary Precinct is one of the biggest wooden structures to be found anywhere in the world - New Zealand's Government Buildings.

Government Buildings, Wellington, NZThe Government Buildings were designed during the 1870s in a style that replicates stonework.

Free public tours of the Government Buildings are available although they are limited to the ground and first floors.


Photos courtesy of Visitors Services Parliament


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Kelly Tarlton's
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