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Old St Paul's

34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's famous Old St Paul's, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places. Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people. Gaze at Old St Paul's unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture. Visit the Gift and all-year-around Christmas Shop at Old St Paul's, which features exquisite gifts, NZ keepsakes and beautiful Christmas decorations, advent calendars and nativity scenes.There is something to suit every taste. The site where Old St Paul's stands was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. For almost 100 years, Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. It remains a place of spiritual significance to many and also has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events.
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34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Hard to believe that this magnificent wooden structure was once actually destined to be torn down. You have to step inside to admire the craftsmanship that built this church. They also have a wonderful small gift shop, and the local guides have lots of extra...More

Thank Brock53
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another of our stops with Shore Trips & Tours. Interesting structure using native timbers built in the late 19th century. Great cathedral arches which has that gothic feel. Great story behind this Anglican church worth a visit.

Thank mapvap
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is not often you see such a lovely church built entirely of wood. It was saved after a public outcry against its demolition, and is now beautifully restored and maintained. For my wife the highlight was the chest of drawers full of beatifully embroidered...More

Thank Paal M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this beautiful church and it’s history. The craftsmanship is amazing and the stained glass windows are beautiful. There are also short videos about different parts of the church which you control yourself and are worth watching. There...More

Thank Tiara2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old St Paul's is a very beautiful historical church built from native timber that is worth a visit. It is centrally located in the city - an easy walk.

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great as welcome to take photos, lighting right for highlighting the native timbers. Videos short and informative. Don't miss the alter cloths that are stored in the drawers towards front of cathedral. Bought several items from gift shop.

Thank Yvonne S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entirely wooden church. Guides inside, really helpful. Beware, although free generally, they plan to start charging $2 per person if on a tour.

Thank Penny P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visit Old St Paul's church during our tour of Wellington. Was a very interesting how it was built with the roof like a boat hull plus had drawer with different styles of cloth that used at different times. Also had a small section to buy...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 13 October 2017

What a beautiful building, inside and out. The woodwork and stained glass windows were amazing. My only regret is that it is no longer a consecrated church - I would love to have attended a service there.

Thank raneale
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This beautiful old wooden building was the venue for my sons wedding, and what a perfect spot. It is a beautifully preserved wooden building which was the original cathedral for Wellington, and the stained glass windows are lovely - a true jewel and I highly...More

Thank DianeQuilts
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