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Beehive

Go on a free guided tour of the seat of New Zealand’s power, the beehive-shaped building that houses the New Zealand Parliament's Executive wing.

Walk through the corridors of power and learn how laws are made with a visit to the Beehive. This government building is so called because its domed shape resembles a natural beehive.

The 236 feet (72 meter) high structure has ten floors above ground and four below and is the Executive Wing of New Zealand’s Parliament. It contains the offices of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers and the National Crisis Management Centre.

See how the government functions with a free hour-long guided tour of three of the four buildings that make up the parliamentary complex. It starts in the Beehive Visitor Centre and from there you’ll be taken up the open marble staircase to the Banquet Hall on the first floor. This large semi-circular space hosts state banquets for up to 300 people. Admire the elaborate décor including the large mural by John Boys Drawbridge, a famous Wellington-born painter. No other parts of the Beehive are open to the public.

The tour also takes you to the Parliamentary Library and the Chamber of Parliament House where politicians debate bills and discuss parliamentary business. When the tour has concluded come back and watch proceedings from the public galleries. If Parliament is not in session the tour takes you on the floor of the chamber.

Public tours start on the hour and you do not need to book. You are advised to turn up at least 15 minutes before a tour starts. Tours are not held on public holidays; check the New Zealand Parliament website for a schedule of times and dates.

The Beehive and the parliamentary complex are easily accessible by public and private transport. There is no car parking on parliamentary grounds but there are pay car parks in surrounding streets. Wellington railway station is only a five-minute walk away and a Stagecoach City Circular bus stop is close to the lower gates of the parliamentary grounds.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington ¥9,600
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 a shopping district, just steps from Lambton Quay and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Waterfront are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Oaks Wellington Hotel ¥8,286
    Oaks Wellington Hotel

    Oaks Wellington Hotel

    89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges ¥5,303
      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 28 minutes.

        InterContinental Wellington ¥11,346
        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 from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Cuba Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          QT Wellington ¥9,666
          QT Wellington

          QT Wellington

          90 Cable Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Waitangi Park, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Oriental Parade are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Rydges Wellington ¥7,672
            Rydges Wellington

            Rydges Wellington

            75 Featherston St, Wellington
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Westpac Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

              Sofitel Wellington ¥11,372
              Sofitel Wellington

              Sofitel Wellington

              11 Bolton Street, Wellington
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the business district, 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.

                Bolton Hotel ¥11,328
                Bolton Hotel

                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, just steps from Lambton Quay and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Waterfront are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 8 minutes by foot.