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Great Tour of the Supreme Court and Higher Court

We had a nice tour of the supreme court and upper courts. The Supreme Court building is beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jeannie D
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West Hills, California, United States
What a splendid Building

If you are visiting Wellington a short visit to see the Supreme Court is well worth the time to... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2018
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Reviewed 10 March 2016

The new building is a modern classic of architecture. It is both esthetically pleasing and functional. A window in the back wall allows anyone who walks in to observe the proceedings of the court. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to photograph inside the building while the court is in session. So, if you're a civics buff, visit while court is in session; if you're a photographer, visit while court isn't in session.
Either way, you can visit the restored old Supreme Court building next door. Both artistically and historically, this building is worth a visit.

Thank Professor-Zero
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

As part of the Walk Wellington tour we visited the Supreme Court and in particular to have a look at the walls of the courtroom. The courtroom’s special shape – its copper panelled exterior and interior lined with silver beech panels – emulates the form and texture of the cone of the kauri tree. Together they create a diamond pattern that references tukutuku (woven panels) found within marae. These features have the combined effect of a building that is symbolic of New Zealand. The foyer is designed with the extensive use of glass to represent the openness and transparency of the countries judicial system. The court was not in session which made it easier to view but on court days the security would be at a peak.

Thank Natalie1964
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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.

Thank cossiefamily
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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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