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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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+64 4-802 4860

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An old building made of wood ... but looks like stone

This is a grand building, now occupied by the university. That said the public can access it and there are room set out museum like to educate and inform the visitors.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Romford, United Kingdom
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The venue and the history were great and a "must see." However the tour should be shortened to 90 minutes at the most. The very pleasant guide was all about himself and his history and knowledge rather than the building. Twenty minutes outside on the front lawn where the traffic noise drowned out the commentary. Too many unimportant facts and... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a grand building, now occupied by the university. That said the public can access it and there are room set out museum like to educate and inform the visitors.

Thank Clive_C54
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most fascinating about the buildings is, that they are built of wood, but they look like made of stone. We were really surprised to learn that it actually is the second largest building made of wood in the world.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only OPEN On Saturdays, it is now a Law School. It has some great features to see inside, FREE entrance and a tour is offered for those interested It was worth the 30 minutes to explore the old building

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Perth, Western Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is no doubt this is an impressive looking building. The architecture is fascinating. I found the inside confused. Some public displays which were good but the building is now used as a law school. It seems to be a little bit museum and a bit current working building. So much more could be done to make this an amazing... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to see this old building and it is possible to go inside and have a look although it was a bit quite when we were there and seemed a bit creepy.Lovely wooden staircases lead to the upper offices.

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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 10 February 2017

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 26 January 2017

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 24 January 2017

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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