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Saint Mary's Church

Te Aroroa Road | Tikitiki, New Zealand
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Possibly the only church in NZ built as a war memorial to Maori soldiers

We saw this recommended in the Pacific Highway guide so stopped. We were blown away by the story... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
John S
Stunning piece of nz history

Well worth a stop to admire the woven wall hangings and the carvings, not to mention the gorgeous... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Wellington, New Zealand
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Te Aroroa Road | Tikitiki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

We saw this recommended in the Pacific Highway guide so stopped. We were blown away by the story, the restoration and the friendly reception of the locals who were practising for the Christmas service. I am totally over visiting churches after Cathedral exhustion in Europe...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Well worth a stop to admire the woven wall hangings and the carvings, not to mention the gorgeous stained glass windows. This is a fabulous piece of nz history and worth a stop. Easy to find and parking outside on the street.

Thank Ah62
Reviewed 29 May 2016

Do not miss this one! It is located in the tiny village of Tikitiki just as you are leaving the town, on the left hand side on a small incline, right by the sign that highlights the bend with the number 25 and the 35...More

Thank weberwest
Reviewed 28 March 2016

the story of this church is very interesting and moving as is the decorations inside the church, its a must see

Thank mandr268
Reviewed 18 January 2016

A great stop off on the East Cape road. This church is truly unique and really beautiful. The carvings are amazing and it has a moving tribute to those lost in world wars.

Thank Eleanor B
Reviewed 7 January 2016

We were recommended to go to this church by the iSite lady in Gisborne on our way to Whakatane. We were not disappointed. It is an absolute gem of a place: lovely Maori carvings and weavings. Not to be missed - since it is (from...More

1  Thank GerMar60
Reviewed 18 February 2015

For the non-outdoorsy types there not a lot to see in this area so this beautiful little church is a must, even for the non-religious. While the outside is nothing unusual the inside is superb with lovely stained glass windows and superb Maori carvings and...More

Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 19 January 2015

If you are driving the East Coast Highway, around the East Cape, this stop is a MUST. The church sits above the town, and from the outside it appears quite ordinary (seen one church - seen them all). But don't be fooled. Inside is the...More

Thank Judy F
Reviewed 11 July 2014

From the outside this appears to be a simple church however the carved entrance gate and memorial on the hill overlooking it provide indicators of it’s Maori origins. It's built on the site of an old Pa (or fort). We were met by some locals...More

3  Thank Rantin rover
Reviewed 9 January 2014

I hadn't previously thought that churches in NZ were particularly interesting compared to Europe but this church is just amazing. There are intricately carved Maori carvings and taonga inside. There's a monument commemorating Sir Apirana Ngata out the front. A true 'nz' church and definitely...More

Thank centralpinotlover
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