Parliament Buildings

Page 1 – Introduction

Parliament Buildings, 1906
Parliament Buildings, 1906

Places and spaces

Along with the harbour, Te Papa and the hills, Parliament Buildings are one of Wellington's best-known landmarks. Standing at the north-west corner of the central business district, the parliamentary complex dominates this part of New Zealand's capital city.

Newly-weds have their photos taken on the steps of the Parliamentary Library, tourists click snapshots of Premier Richard Seddon pointing to the sky, and the Beehive – a structure instantly recognised by all New Zealanders – squats alongside the imposing grey facade of Parliament House.

The buildings have been modified, destroyed by fire, half-built and restored; people love them or hate them. Whether located in Auckland, as they were between 1854 and 1864, or Wellington, the parliamentary places and spaces have formed an important part of New Zealand's history.

How to cite this page

'History of Parliament Buildings', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 5-Aug-2014