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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
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"wooden church"
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"beautiful church"
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"stained glass"
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"native timbers"
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"christmas shop"
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"marine corps"
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"gothic revival architecture"
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"worth a stop"
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"new zealand"
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"well worth the visit"
in 17 reviews
"woodwork"
in 37 reviews
"marines"
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"history"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a beautiful church with so much history. A lovely walk from the centre of town to get there, but worth it.

Thank Sue D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Anglican church was built in 1865 on the original Maori waterfront settlement. The church interior would make you believe that it is much older. Native timber was used to build the church. Once you enter the church doors, to describe it as breathtaking could...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was touched by the perservation of the old St Paul's and I find the building and the architecture amazing.

Thank Jiao W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We liked Old St Paul's better than New St Paul's! It is a beautiful church, full of character and it is a pity the congregation outgrew it in the 1970s and built a replacement. Thank goodness someone had the foresight preserve it and make it...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Old St Paul's Church in Wellington recently whilst on a Celebrity Solstice cruise ship shore excursion. We were lucky enough that the coach captain on our coach tour was able to give us detailed information and history of this grand old building. It...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is worth visiting as made of woods and unique old architectural even though it's small. The inside is nice lovely.

Thank joanadventure
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quaint little church with big character. The woodwork inside is pretty amazing and how old it is and the history behind it. Lots to see inside that shows the history of this tiny church.

Thank Julia K
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we can only comment on the outside, where it looked rather nice. The term old of course refers to, that there is a new one as well. but being from Europe the church is not old at all

Thank hogsted
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This beautiful old church is absolutely stunning - whenever we have anyone in town visiting we take them. It's such a peaceful spot and a definite must see.

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

I am generally not a church person but as we were here on a cruise ship tour I felt obliged to follow my wife and pretend I was interested, Well I didn't need to because this is a very interesting church. lots of beatiful timberwork...More

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jamesimorrison2000
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Response from susanht3 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Suggest you google the church which should have information on its history
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