In its heyday New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building housed our entire public service. Government Buildings is an outstanding example of New Zealand’s architectural heritage and one of the great wooden buildings of the world. The building was designed in the classically-derived Italian Renaissance revival style. Like many colonial buildings of the era, it was built to resemble a stone palace. This was to convey strength and stability in a young country undergoing rapid growth and change.

Today, the Law Faculty of Victoria University of Wellington occupies most of the building. Visitors may view the displays on the ground floor and the Cabinet room on the first floor.

Opening times

Business hours:
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Tours available by arrangement.
Months of operation:
All months of the year


55 Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, New Zealand.

decisions Proximity to town:
Located just opposite Parliament and close to the Railway Station.

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