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“Fabulous Mix of Old and New”

The Supreme Court of New Zealand
Ranked #102 of 246 things to do in Wellington
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 9 October 2015

The new Supreme Court Building was opened in January 2010 by Prince William. It is New Zealand's final court of appeal. It recognises New Zealand as an independent nation with its own history and traditions.
The Supreme Court comprises a new building and the Old High Court Building which underwent massive earthquake strengthening and restoration. The Court Room is in the new section and is an unusual ovoid shape. It's exterior is copper panelled and the interior lined with panels of silver beach. It is very unusual. Tours can be arranged and it is possible to walk in off the street and look at the court room as long as it's not in use.
I note that the photo coming up when I write my review is not of the Supreme Court, but in fact Wellingtons Parliament buildings - the Beehive and Parliament House. I will endeavour to take and post some photos.

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Reviewed 22 September 2015

You can visit here for a free tour, and the architecture is truly superb. Weekday tours are the best .. sit in the Chief Justice Chair from the original hugh court before the massive rebuild. A top spot for a look at our judiciary in action., or just to appreciate this beautifully crafted building.

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Reviewed 28 July 2015

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal, meaning that it is the highest court in New Zealand. The Supreme Court building was officially opened in January 2010 and its foyer is designed with the extensive use of glass to represent the openness and transparency of the countries judicial system. As one of New Zealand's most important national institutions, the Supreme Court is located in the capital city. We visited during an Open Day celebrating 150 years of Wellington becoming the capital city of New Zealand and we were able to sit in the court at desks normally used by legal counsel. An excellent guide spoke to a full court house of tourists about the judicial system and the courtroom's design including its emphasis on acoustics. The courtroom has a copper panelled exterior and silver beech interior wall panels. The shape is that of a stylised cone from a kauri tree. TV monitors allow visitors to watch a video about the building or, when the court is in session, to watch the court hearing live. All staff were very knowledgeable and polite. An excellent visit, well worth it.

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Reviewed 1 December 2015
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