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UPDATE: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Parliament Visitor Centre is closed and tours will not be operating. The public gallery is closed and the public may not observe select committees hearings in person. If committee hearings take place, those that would normally be open to the public will be accessible via the Parliament website and committee Facebook pages. All eateries at Parliament are closed.

Do I have to book to visit Parliament?

Bookings are not required for individuals wishing to visit the Public Gallery. Bookings for groups can be made by emailing gallery.bookings@parliament.govt.nz The sitting programme lets you know if Parliament is meeting at the time of your visit.

Many of the select committee meetings are open to the public to observe. Please see the select committee meeting calendar to find out when the various select committees are meeting and when they are hearing evidence in public.

To join a Public Tour 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. Bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance of your visit. If you do arrive without a booking during these times, you may need to wait until the next available tour.

To book a place on a public tour please provide:

  • Date and tour time
  • Name
  • Number of people
  • Cell phone number for contact on the day of the tour

We will send you a booking confirmation by email.

If you have booked a place on a public tour, you must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of the tour or risk losing your place.

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. The main entrance into Parliament is located between the Beehive and Parliament House. Once you clear security screening, you will directly enter into the Visitor Centre. On arrival, you are required to report to the staff at the Tour Desk.

Is there parking available?

There is no parking on the Parliamentary grounds.

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. The driver must remove the vehicle from the forecourt as soon as the drop-off or pick-up is complete. Bollards are in place around Parliamentary buildings. To gain access to the forecourt you must contact security by pressing the intercom button. You can arrange an accessible carpark by phoning us on (04) 817-9503.

Do I have to go through Security Screening?

All visitors to Parliament Buildings are required to undergo screening. 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 Operational Security Team Leader on +64 4 817 9462.

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 lifts are available.The only place that cannot be accessed by someone in a wheelchair is the base isolator exhibit which is in the basement of the historic Parliament House. However, you are able to view the base isolator video in the Visitor Centre

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

Accessible Car parking and wheel chairs

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.

Smoke and Alcohol Free 

NZ Parliament is smoke and alcohol free. Please respect the Parliament precinct and refrain from smoking or bringing alcohol onto the grounds.

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.