Wellington Parliament Buildings and Beehive
Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 (0)4 471 9999
Wellington Parliament Buildings and Beehive Reviews
On the stage of politics Jan 14, 2011
New Zealand's Parliament Buildings including the architecturally characteristic Beehive which is the place of executive authority, and the parliamentary library are worth a visit when you travel to Wellington.
After going through the security check you have permission to have a look around the ground floor and the short-term exhibitions upstairs on your own (a green sticker is given to you), or you can decide to join a free one-hour guided tour through the Parliament Buildings (you receive a red sticker).
Whenever you have some time to spare you should really take this great opportunity.
Tours start on the hour at 10.00am (Monday to Saturday) and at 11.00am (Sunday). Last tour starts at 4.00pm (Monday to Friday) and at 3.00pm (Saturday, Sunday, public holidays).
You have to leave your belongings (cameras, cellphones, bags etc) at the reception if you'd like to attend a guided tour.
A friendly, professional tour guide will guide you through the Parliament Buildings and give you a comprehensive insight into historic facts, architectural aspects and parliamentary processes. Anecdotes and myths from behind the scenes are shared, the Parliament's very special and earthquake-proof architecture is explained, you are allowed to sneak a peek inside the Beehive.
I really liked the tour guides interaction with the group of interested visitors, and especially with the younger kids. It decidedly didn't get boring for them and they enjoyed the stroll along the long floors which walls are covered with old photographs and the stop at the Chamber of the House of Representatives.
Visiting the Beehive and taking a tour through the Parliament Buildings is an excellent way to spend an hour's time in Wellington, and is a worthwhile experience not only for people deeply interested in politics.
Part of the New Zealand 2010/11 travel blog
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