Age no barrier to a virtual tour at Old Government Buildings

With the country now in lockdown, the timing seems right for this story of a virtual tour through Wellington’s Old Government Buildings, recently enjoyed by 35 residents of the Ryman-Bob Scott Retirement Village in Petone.

Virtual tour of Old Government Buildings
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Despite the endless corridors, flights of stairs and the sheer size of the buildings, there were no complaints from the retirement village residents who participated in the tour of Old Government Buildings in Wellington on August 17. But there was plenty or reminiscing, some who attended having worked in the building during their careers.

Mike Deavin, the building’s Visitor Host, conducted a slide show of beautiful photos taken by Gerry Keating as well as a condensed version of his usual tour that he delivers on site at this, the largest wooden administrative building in the Southern Hemisphere.

Starting from the outside of the building, the virtual tourists worked their way through the entrance to other areas of significance. Outside the building, Mike shared information about the clock and the coat of arms. As well as being a tour guide, Mike also carries out conservation work on the building and shared stories of his work on restoring the sash windows.

Mike was surprised to hear from many Ryman residents who had worked at ‘OGB’ in the 1970’s and enjoyed all of their stories.

The virtual tour was enjoyed by all who attended and inspired lively conversation, while the morning tea, very comfortable chairs and the engaging speaker made this virtual reailty tour a great way to visit one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s special heritage places.

If your organisation would like to take a virtual tour of the Old Government Buildings, please get in touch with Caroline Ritson on 027 2267527 - or email her: critson@heritage.org.nz 

- Jan Titus