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“Well looked after old church, scenic site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Faith's Anglican Church

St. Faith's Anglican Church
Corner of Mataiawhea & Korokai Streets | Ohinemutu, Rotorua, New Zealand
07 348 2393
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Ranked #5 of 31 Attractions in Rotorua
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Well looked after old church, scenic site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I hadn't been to see St Faiths for many years, but recently have biked past here several times. Still a well presented area. Lovely outlook over the lake. And nice to see it being well looked after.

Visited July 2013
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“A piece of the past.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Situated on a thermal lake you are taken aback by the beautiful architecture and peace which surrounds this church. Heated by the natural thermal steam. Very fascinating. We watched bubbling hot steamy water under the pavers under our feet at the front of the church !

Visited November 2013
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“A `must see'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Ohinemutu is an authentic area of Rotorua with Maori living with the benefit of a thermal bore in their garden. A bore also heats the church and you can feel the warmth from below. Once inside the church go along to the righthandside and sit to enjoy the etching of Jesus in a Maori cloak (korowai) designed as if he is walking from Lake Rotorua. Our visit was enhanced by beautiful peaceful hymns sung in Maori. If in Rotorua, this is a place I always visit, so for me is a `must see'.

Visited October 2013
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“Historic church in Maori village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This church in Ohinemutu Village was truly lovely. Built in 1914 it had a Tudor style exterior and a traditional Maori interior. The walls are covered in bamboo cane bound with twine to make decorative patterns. Wonderful stained glass windows include more unusual green designs. A more modern window had an etched figure of Christ who appeared to be walking on the water of Lake Rotorua! Soft music set a reverent atmosphere. Best of all the pew ends were elaborately carved and set with paua shells.
Outside were many white graves, plus a simple gravestone of Rev Seymour Mills Spencer. He arrived as a missionary from Hartford USA and landed in1841.
The nearby thermal springs and Maori Meeting House are worth seeing too.

Visited September 2013
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“Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Such a quiet, beautiful and peaceful place. we took time to sit and look at the etched glass window looking over the lake

Visited July 2013
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