Old Government Buildings is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. The main doors are open once again and are welcoming visitors to the building. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.
Old Government Buildings is located 280m or a 3-minute walk from Wellington Railway Station and central bus depot in central Wellington.
By public transport
Take the Hutt Valley, Melling, Wairarapa, Johnsonville or Kapiti line to Wellington Railway Station, which is a 3-minute walk to Old Government Buildings.
Catch any bus to Lambton Quay. Get off near the Parliament precinct and it’s a 2minute walk to Old Government Buildings.
From Days Bay, take the East by West ferry to Queens Wharf, travelling to Wellington. From there it’s an 8-minute walk to Old Government Buildings.
Catching a ferry from the South Island? Old Government Buildings is a 6-walk from the Bluebridge terminal on Aotea Quay. From the InterIslander terminal catch the free shuttle to the Wellington Railway Station, then Old Government Buildings is a 3-minute walk.
The terrain in and around Old Government Buildings is reasonably flat, but it is a busy urban area, best suited to experienced cyclists. There are lots of bike racks at the rear of the building.
From Kapiti/Johnsonville/Porirua take the State Highway 1 motorway into Wellington, take the Murphy Street exit. Merge onto Murphy Street and continue onto Mulgrave Street. Using the left-hand lane, turn right onto Featherston Street. Follow Featherston Street for approximately 200m, before using the right lane to turn right onto Whitmore Street. Follow over Stout Street and Old Government Buildings will be on your right.
From Wairarapa/Upper Hutt/Lower Hutt take the State Highway 2 motorway into Wellington, take the Murphy Street exit. Merge onto Murphy Street and continue onto Mulgrave Street. Using the left-hand lane, turn right onto Featherston Street. Follow Featherston Street for approximately 200m, before using the right lane to turn right onto Whitmore Street. Follow over Stout Street and Old Government Buildings will be on your right.
From Wellington Airport/Miramar/Seatoun follow State Highway 1 into Wellington CBD, joining Jervois and Customhouse Quays, then turn left onto Whitmore Street. Old Government Buildings will be on your right.
There is no onsite public parking.
Hours and Entry
Monday - Friday
9.00am - 5.00pm
Available weekends January - March
At all other times by arrangement
Closed most public holidays
Visitors can view displays on the ground floor and the Cabinet Room on Level One. Other parts of the buildings are closed to the public.
Adult Guided Tour $15.00
Gold Card $12.00
Adult Self-Guided Tour Free
Under 18 years Free
* Surcharges may apply for special events
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Old Government Buildings is a three-storey building, with some steps and uneven surfaces. There is access for people with wheelchairs to all areas of the building via a ramp at the rear of the building at the northern end, closest to Stout Street. There is a drop-off point for visitors with limited mobility at the Whitmore Street entry.
Food and Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please take all food and rubbish with you. There is also a great selection of local cafes and eateries located within walking distance of Old Government Buildings.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Old Government Buildings is a working university campus for Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington faculty of law. However, we have a range of options available for photography including wedding or graduation photos and video shoots. Please fill in this Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington form for our joint approval. Contact us for more info.
Photo: Gerry Keating
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are things for kids to discover. Inside explore the vault or take a ride in an open-air lift. Keep an eye-out for the mummified rat.
Outside, there is plenty of room to stretch little legs. Make sure you check out the surveyor’s chain on the right-hand side of the building, one of only two left in the country. Before rulers and metres, this is how we measured things.
And if you’re really keen, have a go at counting the windows from the outside. We’ll give you a hint… it’s more than a hundred.
Things to remember
Old Government Buildings is a working university campus for Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington faculty of law. Due to this much of the building is closed to the public, by taking a guided tour you will be able to view specific areas of the building. During exam time some we ask visitors to keep noise to a minimum so students can concentrate.
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.
A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.