Old Government Buildings

Not far from New Zealand’s Parliament is the largest wooden office building in the world. It started life as government offices and even housed the Cabinet Office, but nowadays it’s the Victoria University Law Faculty.

Despite appearances, the building is entirely wooden, which makes it a serious fire risk: in fact it operated a no-smoking rule from its very first day!

Inside there’s a wonderful maze of interconnecting staircases:

Happily they preserve the Cabinet Room: in fact they even put a sign up to stop students eating their lunches there…


Old Defence House

The old Defence House in Wellington is an essentially Art Deco building, brimming with confidence and revelling in the sunshine, with beautiful clean lines and sweeping curves – though without the surface decoration of some of its contemporaries.

The building had become very run-down by 2004 but now it’s a much-loved part of the Wellington scene.