Visiting the Supreme Court

Address 85 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Telephone (04) 918 8222



Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.  Closed weekends and public holidays.

Closed Christmas Day and until the second week of January.

Supreme Court Visitors

  • Will be denied access if they are showing signs of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 7 days
  • Are encouraged to wear surgical or KN95 masks
  • If the court is sitting and the presiding judge directs masks must be worn, all persons present in the courtroom must wear a mask 

Supreme Court hearings

Visitors are welcome to view hearings at the Supreme Court if they comply with the above restrictions for visitors.  See upcoming cases.

Self-guided tours

For visitors wanting to do a self-guided tour there is a brochure available in the foyer of the Supreme Court.  Visitors can view a video on the design of the building and a video about the court system.  The courtroom can be viewed through the observation window.

Guided tours

Guided tours of the Supreme Court and the adjoining Old High Court building are available Monday to Thursday. Tours must be booked in advance and are subject to the work of the court. The tours are free and take 1 hour. For school groups we offer educational tours which take 1 ½ hours.





We do not store belongings while visitors are on tours.


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