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Old Government Buildings

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Address: Local Government Building 114 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Learn about the past

It is interesting to learn that the entire building is made of wood. It is more interesting to go inside and see some of the construction. Areas of the walls are removed to show... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Mark S
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Newton, MA
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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is interesting to learn that the entire building is made of wood. It is more interesting to go inside and see some of the construction. Areas of the walls are removed to show the lathe and plaster. You can get an appreciation for the way things used to be done. The exhibits look pretty old and dated, but the... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside of the second largest wooden building in the world is magnificent. It is opposite Parliament House, and the grounds were replendent in orange flowering trees,and shrubs. There is limited access to public spaces, as most of the building houses the Victoria University of Wellington Law School. The "hanging" staircases ,designed by William Clayton are beautifully carved wood.There is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You would never believe that this building is made of wood. It's so well kept and to think it was built in 1874 ! The way it is maintained is a credit to it's custodians.

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Carmel, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Downtown Wellington is cosmopolitan, bustling and interesting. You simply have to spend some time here to fathom all of the great places to see and dine. As the capital city of New Zealand, its buildings, vibrancy and people make this a unique place to visit and immerse yourself in culture.

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Thank Dave46033
Johnstown, Pennslyvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We visited these buildings on a walking tour. Lots of history inside. There are displays showing what it was like in the 30;'s, even a vault you can enter.

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Thank Mrsosci
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

One of the highlights on any trip to Wellington. The largest wooden building in the Southern hemisphere. Fantastic history including being the seat of Government. Briliantly restored.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This old colonial style building was built in 1876 but still exist in a superb condition till today, which means that the government realize the important of preservation for young generation to learn about their history. We were impressed with the beautiful "hanging" staircases and displays about the restoration project of the building. Someone told me that it is now... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Visited Sunday 11th September and was amazed to discover that this building was made of wood and not stone as you would expect. Very disappointed that we could not go inside to view the ground floor and staircase as it is only open during the week.

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Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This famous building is not only the largest wooden building in the Southern hemisphere but it is also a national reserve with all but one of the plants and bushes being natives. Take time to look at the beautiful restoration work and find the little nooks and crannies that have historical detail to share.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Very interesting going into the Behive where the polititions make the rules...Interesting going in and watching the action...and the history behind the buildings is amazing...a must do....

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