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Old Government Buildings open to public

Tuesday 8 Jan 2013 12:12 p.m.

Panoramic view of Wellington's old Government Buildings (Wikipedia)

Panoramic view of Wellington's old Government Buildings (Wikipedia)

Members of the public will soon get the chance to explore Wellington's old Government Buildings, the second largest wooden building in the world.

From this weekend, until Easter, the 136-year-old former seat of Government will be open to visitors every Saturday.

People will get the chance to see for themselves a piece of New Zealand's architectural heritage, with the building's hanging staircases, cast iron fireplaces and kauri-clad interiors.

There's also the cabinet room where Prime Minister Richard Seddon held meetings from 1893 until 1906.

"The open days allow visitors to learn about the building's heritage and stroll through the second largest wooden building in the world," Department of Conservation Kapiti Wellington Area historic ranger Yolanda Vogel says.

Built in 1876, Government Buildings housed ministers and almost the entire Wellington-based public service of the day.

By 1990, the last public service departments had moved out and after major restorations, Government Buildings is now home to Victoria University's law school.


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