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New Zealand’s Top Architectural Buildings

27 July 2021

Top Architectural Buildings in New Zealand You Should Know About

New Zealand located in the Pacific Ocean is a remote island country that attracts millions of tourists every year and they come to its major urban cities including Auckland and Wellington. Others come to New Zealand to enjoy hiking, kayaking, and exploring nature and there is so much to explore in New Zealand. New Zealand is also home to impressive, magnificent architectural buildings and these of course attract tourists to come and explore this remote country. Further, we take a look at the most famous buildings in the country you should definitely know about and visit if you come to New Zealand.

  • SkyCity in Auckland
  • Beehive in Wellington
  • Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch
  • Auckland Town Hall
  • Downtown Terminal in Auckland

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New Zealand’s Top Architectural Buildings List

SkyCity in Auckland

One of the most impressive buildings in New Zealand you should definitely visit if you have a chance is SkyCity in Auckland. SkyCity is bustling with life throughout the entire year with hotels, numerous bars, first-class restaurants. SkyCity also has a convention center, a theater, and even a casino.

The casino located within the building is doubtlessly the biggest attraction since it has over one thousand and six hundred gaming machines and over one hundred table games including roulette and blackjack. Speaking of the New Zealand thriving gambling industry, there are numerous online casino facilities to explore, and many of these offer no deposit bonus codes for the best iGaming experience.

Beehive in Wellington

The Executive Wing of New Zealand Parliament Buildings or the Beehive as New Zealanders call it is another must-see architectural building. It is located near Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street. The construction of the Beehive started in 1969 and the building was completed in 1981. As suggested, it has a very unusual shape that looks like a beehive. As one of the most unusual buildings in the country, its interior is equally impressive as its exterior with marble floors, glass ceilings, and various forms of local art.

Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch

If you ever come to Christchurch, make sure you stop by another impressive building, Christchurch Cathedral. This spectacular Anglican cathedral was built for many years from 1864 until 1904 when the construction was completed. Over the years, the building suffered numerous damages due to earthquakes, and the most recent one that happened in 2011, destroyed the complete upper portion of the cathedral’s tower while the lower portion of the building was demolished on purpose as rescue teams were searching for survivors. Since 2019, a lot of work has been done to repair the building and give it back its old shine. Along with this fascinating Cathedral, Christchurch is home to a number of other architectural masterpieces.

Auckland Town Hall

No visitor should ever come to Auckland and fail to visit an impressive Edwardian building which serves as the city of Auckland Town Hall.  Auckland Town Hall is located at 305 Queen Street. The construction of the building started in 1909 and in 1911, the building was completed. From 1994 to 1997 Auckland Town Hall was completed renovated. Today, the city’s Town Hall has both entertainment and more serious administrative functions. The Concert Chambers and the Great Hall are mainly used for performances of modern and classic music. Here, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra perform quite frequently. Some of the biggest names from the music industry have also performed here including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles.

Downtown Terminal in Auckland

The Downtown Ferry Terminal or the Auckland Ferry Terminal is another must-see architectural building in New Zealand. Commonly called Ferry Building, this unusual Baroque and Edwardian building is located at Queen Street. The construction of the building started in 1909 and lasted until 1912.

This is the main ferry network in the city which connects the city’s center with suburbia areas of west and south Auckland. The ferry network also connects the city with smaller islands in the Hauraki Gulf and the Waitematā Harbour. The older part of the building has numerous bakeries, shops, and bars, while the older part of the building is reserved for ferry terminal operations.

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