Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

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.


Guide to Exploring around Beehive


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Beehive

See all 176 Properties near Beehive
Rydges Wellington ¥10,480
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. Beehive and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

    ibis Wellington ¥6,499
    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 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.

      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor ¥8,906
      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.

        The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges ¥5,574
        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 5-minute walk of National Library and St Paul's Cathedral. Old St Paul's and Old Government Buildings are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station is 29 minutes.

          DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington ¥11,329
          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, steps 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.

            Novotel Wellington ¥9,016
            Novotel Wellington

            Novotel Wellington

            133 The Terrace, Wellington
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

              Bolton Hotel ¥11,651
              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, steps 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.

                Park Hotel Lambton Quay ¥9,309
                Park Hotel Lambton Quay

                Park Hotel Lambton Quay

                101 The Terrace, Wellington
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lambton Quay and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Museum of Wellington City and Sea are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 8 minutes by foot.