Statue Peter Fraser outside Old Government Buildings lit up at dusk

Old Government Buildings is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system.  The main doors are open once again and are welcoming visitors to the building. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements.  For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
9.00am - 5.00pm

Guided Tours

Available weekends January - March

At all other times by arrangement

Closed most public holidays

Visitors can view displays on the ground floor and the Cabinet Room on Level One. Other parts of the buildings are closed to the public.

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Member Free

Adult Guided Tour $15.00

Gold Card $12.00

Adult Self-Guided Tour Free

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events


55 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6011

+64 4 472 4341

It’s one of the world’s greatest wooden buildings, has an address on busy Lambton Quay in Wellington and for years was the engine room of our fledgling democracy, yet for whatever reason the Old Government Buildings often fly under the radar for passers-by. Few would know that behind the four-storey Italianate façade is a labyrinth of offices that once housed the entirety of the Wellington-based civil service as well as the New Zealand Cabinet, and the Native Land Court.

Discover Old Government Buildings
A family enjoying some food on the lawns at an event outside Old Government Buildings

Visit Old Government Buildings

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to Old Government Buildings in Wellington, New Zealand. Our wonderful tour guide Mike Deavin tells us the stories behind this magnificent building with a glimpse into the social and political history.

Historic black and white photo of Old Government Buildings with people out the front, circa 1880-90s

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Photo: Burton Brothers circa 1880s-90s, National Library

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