"Parliament House" Parliament Buildings & Beehive Tip by wkcsmt

  Parliament House
by wkcsmt

The Parliament House had just undergone a major refurbishment. The refurbishment project has made a special effort to restore the buildings to their original glory while also making some changes and improvements. In the process of the refurbishment, many temporary additions made over the years to Parliament House have been removed. And about 30% more space were created in the restoration of the main heritage areas.

It has earned an Historic Places 'A' Classification due to its age of the buildings and the historical importance. This means that any building or redecorating must follow special rules. One of those rules is to preserve the character of the buildings has to be preserved.

A special technique of base isolation (417 lead-rubber bearings) used in the construction of its foundations is to make sure the Parliament Buildings are able to withstand an earthquake of up to 7.5 on the Richter Scale.

Free guided tours leave on the hour from the grond floor foyer. Tours are approximately 1 hour. Private tours (10 or more) can be pre-booked by arrangement.

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

It's a pity that photography is not permitted inside!!

Address: Corner Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street
Directions: Downtown Wellington
othercontact: Tour.Desk@parliament.govt.nz
Website: http://www.parliament.govt.nz

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2005
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