Guided tours

There are a range of informative guided tours available. Your friendly and knowledgeable guides will help you explore parts of the Parliament buildings, learn about our parliamentary process and how you can have your say. You will also see some of the Parliamentary Collection.

Daily Public tours

There are two regular public tours;

  • Introducing Parliament
  • Highlights of Parliament
Introducing Parliament tour

This 60 minute tour is a great way to learn about our parliamentary processes and New Zealand’s history while looking through our iconic buildings.

Highlights of Parliament tour

This 30 minute highlights tour is an insight into the heart of our democracy, the debating chamber where the House of Representatives meet.

Public tours run between 10am and 4pm daily. Check our Calendar for our daily tour schedule.

Tour group size is limited and bookings are advisable for individuals wishing to take the tour during peak periods (such as school holidays and public holidays).

Bookings can be made by emailing tour.desk@parliament.govt.nz or by telephoning us on +64 4 817 9503.

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.

Tour times can be subject to change.

Parliament is closed to the public on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, 2 January, Waitangi Day and Good Friday.

Art tours

This 90 minute tour focuses on the Parliamentary Collection and looks at works across the precinct. This tour features some locations not on the Introducing Parliament or Highlights of Parliament tour and does not visit the debating chamber.

These tours are run monthly. Check our Calendar for our daily tour schedule.

Group size is limited and bookings are essential. Bookings can be made by emailing tour.desk@parliament.govt.nz or by telephoning us on +64 4 817 9503.

Private group tours and Trade tours

Private tours may be available on request for groups of 10 people or more with a maximum group size of 42. These tours can be tailored to reflect the interests and knowledge and needs of your group.

Tours need to be requested a minimum of a week in advance and charges may apply.

Requests can be made by emailing tour.desk@parliament.govt.nz or by telephoning us on +64 4 817 9503 to discuss your needs.

If your group is a school or other educational group, please email education.services@parliament.govt.nz or telephone us on +64 4 8179503.

Accessibility of tours

All tours are accessible to visitors using a wheelchair or with a buggy. 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.

Tours with an NZSL interpreter can be arranged with 7 days advance notice and will be dependent on interpreter availability.

Tours in Mandarin can be arranged for groups of 10 people or more with a maximum group size of 42 with 7 days advance notice and will be dependent on guide availability.

Tour information sheets are available for Te Reo Maori, French, German,  Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Korean.

Special conditions for tours

All tours are subject to the daily business of Parliament and associated events, and can occasionally be adapted for this reason.

Please follow the safety instructions of security officers who may screen certain items.

Everyone must leave their bags, coats, phones, cameras and other electronic devices in secure storage at the Visitor Centre before each tour begins. Please cooperate with our staff, who will return your possessions to you at the end of your tour. You cannot take your belongings with you on the tour.