Visit Wellington’s Beehive, a must do if you are in the city. Wellingtons’ Beehive is next to and part of New Zealand’s Parliament building. It’s right in the central business district on the corner of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay, not far from the Railway Station. There are also lots of hotels nearby.
They say the Beehive was originally just drawn on a napkin for a joke when the architects were deciding on the new build after a fire destroyed the old Parliament building.
The construction of the building started in 1969 and was completed in 1981.
Wellington’s Beehive is 72 meters high and has 10 floors. Besides the Prime Minister’s office and the Cabinet room which are on the upper floor, there are a number of dining rooms, meeting rooms, bars…(yes, bars!), lounges, TV and radio interview rooms and large reception areas. In other parts of the Parliament buildings there are also gyms so the ministers can go have a quick work out whenever they feel like it without having to leave the premises. Lucky huh?
Tours and Hours of The Wellington Beehive
If you are looking for something to do, there are daily free one hour tours at Wellington’s Beehive and the gallery is open anytime Parliament is sitting. From there you can watch the ministers answer questions, vote, talk their way out of questions…the ministers even fall asleep in their chair sometimes!
I actually went for a tour of the Beehive myself today and it was very interesting! I couldn’t take many photos as I wasn’t allowed to take my phone, bag or anything in with me. It’s very high security there!
They gave me a sticker to wear and then I had to wait in a lounge until the tour guide was ready. She was very good and gave us lots of information on some of the rooms and what happens in there. She even tested our knowledge on the ministers and the Queen! I did not pass! She was actually pretty funny!
Hours and Information
Wellington Beehive Parliament Building opening hours are –
Weekdays – 10am – 5pm
Saturdays – 10am – 4pm
Sundays – 11am – 4pm
Closed on Public Holidays
It’s a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early so you have enough time to check your belongings in. No bags, cameras or phones are allowed on the tour. They even make you empty your pockets!
Wellington Beehive Parliament Building tours start on the hour. You don’t need to book unless there are more than 10 people in your group.
This is a great free activity to do for the whole family on a rainy day!
Most of Wellington’s buses go near the Beehive.
For bus information, you can check the following website https://www.metlink.org.nz/
Also, if you are looking for some more places to see in Wellington, the famous Cuba Street is another must do, check out my post if you would like to know more here https://travelwellingtonwithme.com/cuba-street-wellingtons-best-known-street/
Let me know in the comments what you thought of the tour!