Beehive & Parliament Buildings, Wellington Region
Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.
The Government Buildings.
This building is actually called 'The Government Buildings'. This building was orginally designed by William H. Clayton in 1870's. Many different government departments have conducted business here, even the Parliament Cabinet met here after the fire in 1907. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST WOODEN BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD.
The Parliament House
This building was begun in 1912, but was delayed because of World War I. The building was designed by John Campbell and Claude Paton. Finally, in 1918 the building was opened.
The Parliament House replaced the original Gothic Wooden Parliament that was destroyed by fire in 1907.
The Beehive houses the ministerial offices (executive wing) of the Parliament. Were it gets it's name is obvious. The Beehive was designed by Sir Basil Spence, a British Architect and completed in 1982. The building is ten stories high and houses the office of the Prime Minister on the 9th floor.
The Executive Wing of the Parliamentary complex is commonly referred to as the 'Beehive' due to its external shape.
The Parliament buildings are worth a visit. Especially the Beehive, the executive wing of the parliamentery complex, is quite special.
So called because of its structure I am sure you can see why. It houses the Ministerial Offieces of the New Zealand Paliament.