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Old Government Buildings

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Address: Local Government Building 114 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-802 4860

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Elegant and atmospheric

I confess that this caused a bit of an argument. I couldn't believe at first that we had found the right place as I was looking for a wooden building and this one looked like... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I confess that this caused a bit of an argument. I couldn't believe at first that we had found the right place as I was looking for a wooden building and this one looked like stone. It is mostly used as part of the university and partly as museum. It was very pleasant to stroll through the corridors and up... More 

Thank Lavarcham
Vero Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It took a couple of passes to notice that this big building is indeed wooden, and that visitors are welcome, but by then I was passing by at 5 pm. The exterior is gracious, simpler than the Parliamentary Library from roughly the same era. It's certainly worth a look for anyone visiting the area. It's an interesting contrast to building... More 

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going to visit the Beehive (and I highly suggest it) do take the guided tour...it was a treasure trove of information.

Thank patriciaann2017
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning example of early New Zealand all-wood building with exhibits of its history inside - all free! You'll also learn about the civic leaders who created a land with almost no poverty. Inspiring!

Thank SFTheaterDistrict
Brisbane, Queensland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wandered over after touring the Parliament Buildings across the street and it was a great addition to learning about NZ political history. The exhibition areas are clearly signed within this beautiful and busy building. The old Cabinet Room was the highlight: here there were fascinating placards about the reforming PM's of the late 19th century and a replica cabinet... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we didn't have time to go inside these beautiful buildings we did enjoy walking around outside and sitting on the lawn to enjoy a snack. Such a lovely setting. Hopeful we will be back to visit again from England and will leave ourselves more time to visit this wonderful City although this is our second visit there is still... More 

Thank sandy2915
Severna Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Hiding right there in plain sight, across from the Beehive is an interesting building. It doesn't demand a lot of time to appreciate the second largest wooden building in the world. Built this way as wood does a bit better with earthquakes, it was designed to look like stone, which indeed it does. Having outgrown its original use with the... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely building g which I viewed as part of the Wellington walks tour. A fine piece of work totally of wood. The staircase is a magnificent piece of work. Saw several areas that were damaged by the recent earth quake and the replicas of the steam lifts for documents to be taken from the vaults to the offices above. Now... More 

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Innisfil, Canada
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

This building was made of wood....definitely a go to while visiting Wellington. Its currently occupied by the university.

Thank Valli C
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

I was already admiring the building thinking it was made of stone. Was really surprised when we were told it is actually made of wood. Magnificent building.

Thank momSydney

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