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The Supreme Court is the highest court in New Zealand. Established in 2004 it replaced the Privy Council in London as New Zealand’s final court of appeal. The court was established out of a sense of nationhood and a desire to make justice more accessible at the highest level. An iconic building inspired by New Zealand’s unique natural heritage was designed for the court.

  • Supreme Court hearing: visitors are welcome to view hearings at the Supreme Court. See the website for 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 short audio-visual presentation in the foyer that explains the design features of the building and the work of the Supreme Court. 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 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tours must be booked in advance. The tours are free and are limited to 35 in each group. The tour takes 1 hour. For school groups we offer educational tours which take 1 ½ hours.

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