Old Government Buildings is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. Please note temporary visitors entrance is via Bunny Street, opposite Rutherford House. 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.
Monday - Friday
9.00am - 5.00pm
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.
Adult Guided Tour $15.00
Gold Card $12.00
Adult Self-Guided Tour Free
Under 18 years Free
* Surcharges may apply for special events
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.
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