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The Great War Exhibition Guided Tour
"Located in the historic Wellington Dominion Museum Building within the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park the Exhibition takes a wide look at the Great War - at all forces and all countries involved. The stunning artefacts including a life size tank a range of replica and genuine guns and over 5000 hand painted miniature figures depict the trials and horrors of war. The lives and experiences of New Zealanders who served and lived during that time highlight the bravery and enduring spirit which helped shape who the people of New Zealand are today. The Great War Exhibition melting away 100 years helping us to understand the hardships endured by those who served and those who stayed behind.This exhibition is truly world-class
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Wellington City Scenic Private Tour
"Enjoy a pickup from your accommodation for up to 9 people. From here you can decide where you want to go or you can take the standard tour.The standard route begins with a drive through the entertainment district of Courtenay Place to the Mt Victoria lookout. You will then travel round the south coast of Miramar Peninsula and have the option of a 1 home of the New Zealand film industry. You will then travel back into town around the Harbour Bays before climbing to take in the views from Te Ahumairangi. Travel down through the historic suburb of Thorndon with a stop at historic Old St Pauls. the national museum and art gallery (only a part of it will be visited in the time available) Weta Workshop tour for 50 minutes (not included advise prior to departure) The National War Memorial Park and Great War Exhibition
From NZD875.00
Wellington Self-Guided Audio Tour
"In this comprehensive tour of Wellington you will also see the Summit of Mount Victoria the Plimmer Steps the Old Bank Arcade the Museum of Wellington City and Sea the Wellington Railway St Paul's Cathedral. As well as this you will see the Parliament Building which is known worldwide as ""The Beehive"" because of its unusual shape. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and this tour will not disappoint. Take the frustration out of no what to do or what to see by doing this wonderful walking tour which gives you a snapshot of the best things to see and do in this eclectic city which is awash with colorful characters of all ethnicities."
From $20.00

Parliament Buildings & Beehive Tips (25)

Tours of Parliament

You can take tours of NZ's parliament, they take around about an hour. There's plenty of NZ's history on display, and there's much to see. What you can see though will vary a bit, depending on what is happening in parliament at the time.


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Oct 28, 2006

Old parliament building

The older part of the parliament buildings host the Legislative of New Zealand. Here you find the offices of the members of parliament and the assembly halls.

It has been built by architect Thomas Turnbull in 1922.

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May 23, 2006

European style

The NZ Parliament House could be placed in any European city without looking bizarre. I do love this kind of architecture, but I would have appreciated more a building representing the 2 cultures sharing the Country.

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Aug 12, 2009


The Parliament consists of three building, the executive wing of which is known as the Beehive.

Designed by British architect Sir Basil Spence, it was built between 1969 and 1980.

Tours are available fo the interior of the building, but we did not have time to do so during our stay in Wellington.

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Sep 15, 2004
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The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

No visit to the nation's capital is complete without the obligatory photo outside the Beehive, the strangely shaped building that houses the executive branch of government. You'll either like the building or not. There's not much middle ground. The Parliament Building is next door. Notice how the main staircase is off centre... the building was never finished and the Beehive occupies the area of the non-existent wing. Free tours of parliament depart from the lobby of the Parliament Building on the hour.

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Jan 22, 2003

Parliament House

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!!

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Feb 06, 2005

The Beehive

The Beehive is the most famous building in Wellington. The nickname comes from the obvious unique shape of the building and has nothing to do with the fact that its part of the parliament buildings. The building housing the ministerial offices. In the other part of the parliament buildings is the debating chambers (House of Representatives) where you can watch politicians in action. They are better behaved now that the sessions are televised. There are daily organised tours of the building. This third building of the parliament buildings was completed in 1969..

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Jan 25, 2003

Parliamentary Library

The Parliamentary Library was built in 1899. Being built of brick, cement and plaster, it managed to survive the fire which destroyed the adjacent wooden Parliament Building and other structures in 1907. However during the refurbishment in 1992, another fire caused major damage and the building had to be completely restored.

The building houses over half a million books related to laws, legislation and the government of New Zealand. Workers in this building are mainly researchers assisting Members of Parliament.

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Jan 09, 2004

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New Zealand Parliament

Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the Governor General. But she usually consents to the decisions made by elected officials.

One of the building's unusual features is a complex system of earthquake-resistant buffers which support the structure. Like Japan, the country sits on top of some major fault lines, and has re-engineered many buildings to survive all but the worst quakes.

The Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011 has rated New Zealand's government as the cleanest in the world. It's very open and transparent, as any visitor will notice.

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Apr 04, 2012


The Beehive is a Parliament office building located next to Parliament. It is shaped like, you guessed it, a beehive, and is a unique building that has seen plenty of controversy about its design. Construction on the Beehive was completed in 1982.

Apr 04, 2011

The beehive

Wandering through the grounds of Parliament is something to do when in Wellington. It's a stone's throw from the train station, and the grounds themselves are pleasant enough to stroll through.

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Jan 31, 2006

The Beehive

One of the Parliament Buildings - unique 1970’s style Beehive building (locals call it Beehive in short).

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Dec 23, 2004

Things to Do Near Wellington

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The National War Memorial

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Mt Victoria

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Wellington Cable Car

Ride the Cable car from Lambton Quay, downtown Wellington, up the hill. There you will find lovely views back over the city and harbour. Also the Botanical Gardens, Carter Observatory and the Cable...
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Wellington Zoo

Wellington zoo increasingly focuses on 'preserving and breeding endangered animals', which is why they house a very special resident, the famous kiwi. The birds live in a dark walk-through area and if...
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Wellington Botanic Garden

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ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience

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