History and buildings

Parliament's buildings

Find out about the four buildings in Wellington that house the New Zealand Parliament - Parliament House, the Parliamentary Library, the Beehive (also known as Executive Wing), and Bowen House. These buildings are part of our national heritage and the centre of our democracy.

  • Virtual tour

    Explore Parliament Buildings with our interactive virtual tour. Navigate around Parliament’s buildings, and learn about aspects of the building’s functions and history.  Use your mouse to move around and between rooms. Virtual tour

  • Parliament House

    Exterior of Parliament House.

    Exterior of Parliament House.

    This Edwardian neo-classical building was designed by architects, John Campbell and Claude Paton, to replace the previous building that was destroyed by fire in 1907. Parliament House

  • Parliamentary Library

    Exterior of the Parliamentary Library.

    Exterior of the Parliamentary Library.

    The Parliamentary Library is a working library that provides research services for members of Parliament and parliamentary staff. There is also a public reading room for customers of the Library’s International Documents Service and the Parliamentary Information Service. Parliamentary Library

  • The Beehive – Executive Wing

    Exterior of the Beehive.

    Exterior of the Beehive.

    The ‘Beehive’ is the popular name for the Executive Wing of the parliamentary complex because of the building’s shape. This is where the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers have offices, and where the Cabinet meets. The Beehive – Executive Wing

  • Bowen House

    Exterior of Bowen House.

    Exterior of Bowen House.

    Bowen House is a modern, 22-storey office building on the corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street in Wellington. It was the temporary home of Parliament from 1991 to 1996 while Parliament House and the Parliamentary Library were refurbished. Today it provides office space for many members of Parliament and parliamentary support staff. Bowen House

  • Parliament's grounds

    Visitors are welcome to enjoy Parliament’s grounds, which are used regularly for many kinds of public gatherings. From the grounds you can admire Parliament’s buildings, the flags on the many flagpoles, the rose and camellia gardens, fine ironwork on the gates and lamp standards, and commemorative statues and plaques. Parliament's grounds