New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Visitor Centre

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.”

Parliament’s Visitor Centre is located on the ground floor of the Beehive (also known as the Executive Wing).  

The Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, 2 January, Waitangi Day (February 6), and Good Friday.

Visitor Centre facilities

The new visitor centre at Parliament. Enlarge image

Visitor Centre

Source: Parliamentary Service


Information about Parliament available at the Visitor Centre includes seating plans of the debating chamber and Parliamentary briefs.

If you want to visit the public galleries to watch the House in session, ask for directions from our Visitor Centre staff. We suggest you check the House sitting programme first to make sure that the House is sitting at the time of your visit.

Guided tours

Free, guided public tours of Parliament Buildings depart between 10am and 4pm daily.

Tour visitors must check their belongings into secure storage before joining a tour. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the schedules tour to make sure you have enough time to do this.

Video, CD, and audio

A 12-minute DVD about some of Parliament’s highlights including historical images of Parliament is available for viewing in the Visitor Centre.

Parliament Tour Preview Video

Free Public Wi-Fi

Free public Wi-Fi is also available in the Visitor Centre. To enjoy this service, please select the network called ‘Parliament Free’. No password or other information is required to connect.


Drinking water in the Visitor Centre and you are welcome to picnic in Parliament’s grounds.