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Wellington Parliament

In these modern, Edwardian and Gothic-styled buildings, historic events and people shaped the political life of New Zealand.

Discover the history of New Zealand’s political system at the Wellington Parliament. Tour through the buildings to learn about the important events and people who helped shape the country into what it is today. Enjoy the parliament buildings for their grand architecture, elegant artworks, décor and historic significance.

Wellington Parliament is comprised of four buildings: Parliament House, the Beehive, the Parliamentary Library and Bowen House. Enter the complex through the Beehive, a modern-designed building named for its unique shape. On the ground floor is the Visitor’s Centre where you can view a short video about the buildings and join a free-guided tour.

A tour through Parliament House will reveal ornate Edwardian neoclassical architecture and décor. View the elaborate embellishments of the Chamber, including the green furnishings that symbolise New Zealand's connection with the British House of Commons. Also notice the elegant artefacts that are made from New Zealand rimu timber. In the Māori Affairs Committee Room and the Matangireia Room, see artworks about New Zealand’s cross-cultural legacy. In the Pacific Room, people of Pacific origin are honoured for their contribution to the society. Browse the collection of native ferns in the Galleria and walk through the Legislative Council Chamber to see the arched stained-glass windows in the 27-metre (89-foot) Grand Hall.

Visit the public reading room of the Gothic-styled Parliamentary Library. Take a moment to relax in this working library where parliamentarians research national and interactional policy. Afterwards, visit the modern Bowen House and see where members of Parliament and their staff have their offices.

End your tour back at the Beehive where the offices of the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers are held. On the first floor, take a look into the grand Banquet Hall, the biggest function room in the complex.

Located in Thorndon, Wellington Parliament is a short, 5-minute walk from Wellington railway station and 20-minutes by car from Wellington airport. Parking is not permitted on the grounds but metered parking is available on Molesworth Street and surrounding streets. Visitors with disabilities can be set down on the forecourt of the complex. Wellington Parliament is free to visit and is open daily except on public holidays.


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Rydges Wellington

75 Featherston St, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Beehive and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

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    ibis Wellington

    ibis Wellington

    153 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Old Government Buildings and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington AU$147
      DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

      DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

      Corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street, 28 Grey Street, Wellington, NZ
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the shopping district, steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Wellington Central Business District. Civic Square and Old Government Buildings are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot.

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        Bolton Hotel

        Corner of Bolton & Mowbray Streets, Wellington
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, steps away from Lambton Quay, Beehive and Wellington Central Business District. Old Government Buildings and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 8 minutes by foot.

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          James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

          James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

          147 The Terrace, Wellington
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            InterContinental Wellington AU$188
            InterContinental Wellington

            InterContinental Wellington

            2 Grey Street, Wellington
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Wellington Central Business District. Civic Square and Old Government Buildings are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

              Sofitel Wellington AU$188
              Sofitel Wellington

              Sofitel Wellington

              11 Bolton Street, Wellington
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Zealand Parliament Buildings, St Paul's Cathedral and Old St Paul's. Carter Observatory and Botanic Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 8 minutes by foot.

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                The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

                The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

                24 Hawkestone St, Thorndon, Wellington
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Old St Paul's and Beehive. Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station is 29 minutes.