Planning your visit

Do I have to book to visit Parliament?

Bookings are not required for individuals wishing to visit the gallery or Select Committees.  During peak periods (such as school holidays and public holidays) bookings are advisable for individuals wishing to take a tour.

Bookings can be made by emailing tour.desk@parliament.govt.nz or by telephoning us on +64 4 817 9503.  If you do arrive without a booking during these times, you may need to wait until the next available tour.

How do I get there?

Parliament is within 10 minutes walking distance of the Wellington Railway Station and bus stops on Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street.

Is there parking available?

Metered parking is available for up to two hours on Molesworth Street and on the side streets around the Parliamentary grounds.  Visitors with mobility access requirements may be set down on the forecourt or can arrange an accessible carpark by phoning us on (04) 817-9503.

There is no parking on the Parliamentary grounds.

Do I have to go through Security Screening?

All visitors to Parliament Buildings are required to undergo “airport style” searches. You should expect this to take at least 15 minutes. The screening process provided by the Parliamentary Service Security Team helps maintain a safe and protected environment.

If you require any assistance with the security screening process, please ask one of our Security Officers for assistance.

If you have any specific concerns or questions about the security screening process, please contact the Group Manager Precinct Services on +64 4 817 9999.

Access for approved visitors

The Speaker gives approval for some visitors to have access to public areas within the parliamentary precinct, without having to go through security clearance each time they visit. A list of these approved visitors is available on this website.

These visitors usually require an initial security clearance before they can be approved by the Speaker and given an access card. They must also agree to their name being made public.

Accessibility

Parliament Buildings and grounds are accessible. There are paved accessible routes through the grounds, with appropriate seating and waiting areas for visitors using wheelchairs.

Accessible routes within the buildings are sign posted to avoid stairs. The floor coverings in the buildings are linoleum, marble tiles or short pile carpet. Accessible lifts are available and have braille control panel, some lifts are also talking lifts. Accessible toilet facilities are available on the ground floor of Parliament House and in the Visitor’s Centre.

All of the reception desks are accessible and our frontline staff have undergone accessibility awareness training.

All tours are accessible for wheelchair users. There are steps at various points of the tour and an alternative route via a lifts are available.

The public gallery located on level two of Parliament House is also accessible for visitors who use a wheelchair.

Car parking

Accessible car parking is available at the rear of the buildings close to an accessible entrance and can be booked through the Visitor Centre. Visitors with disabilities maybe dropped off on the Parliament House forecourt.

Courtesy wheel chairs are may be borrowed on arrival or booked in advance but you will need to bring a companion as we are unable to provide a member of staff to accompany you throughout your visit.

If you are attending a meeting or function by invitation then it is recommended that you contact your host ahead of your visit to discuss access requirements.

To book an accessible car park or a wheelchair please contact Visitor Services on 04 817 9503 or email the Tour desk.

Guide or assistance dogs

Your Guide Dog (or any other assistance dog) can accompany you on your tour. They are also welcome in the public gallery.

Deaf or hard of hearing visitors

A New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreter may accompany you on a tour. As NZSL interpreters have to be booked, we would appreciate as much notice as possible to make sure your request can be met.

If you would like to visit the Debating Chamber, you can request a receiver and headset which will give you a live feed of the debate.

First Aid

First Aid trained providers are available at Parliament in case you should feel unwell while visiting Parliament.

Inside the Building

If you are taking a tour or visiting the public gallery you must leave your bags, coats, phones, cameras and other electronic devices in our secure storage. You cannot take your belongings with you on the tour or into the public gallery.

While you are welcome to photos outside of the buildings you are unable to take photos inside the buildings.

Need help?

Members of our security and visitor services teams will be available on your arrival, and throughout your visit, to assist you and answer any questions.

Please contact the Visitor Centre on +64 4 817 9503 or email the Visitor Centre.