Old Government Buildings remains closed to the public during the week, but is open for pre-booked or self-guided tours on Saturdays. If you’re visiting us, you will need to present your Vaccine Pass to staff and follow our Covid-19 requirements. Please stay home if you’re sick. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.
Currently only open to the public on Saturdays for pre-booked or self guided tours
11.00am - 2.30pm
January - March Guided Tours
11.00am – 12.30pm and - 1.00 – 2.30pm
April – September Guided Tours
Closed most public holidays
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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Photo: Graeme Murray