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Address: 34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-473 6722
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Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred,...

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. The charming gift and Christmas shop sells mostly NZ made gifts and keepsakes, as well as jewellery, skincare products, books, wood craft, candles, toys and more. The shop also carry crosses, rosaries and St Christopher's medals. 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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Fine example of a early New Zealand church

Circa 1866 constructed with local timbers and still going . Popular for weddings and also a great venue for concerts . Note sometimes free lunchtime concerts. Well worth checking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Circa 1866 constructed with local timbers and still going . Popular for weddings and also a great venue for concerts . Note sometimes free lunchtime concerts. Well worth checking out

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just a quiet stroll around this superb building helps you understand the passion brought to the city by our forefathers. It has a soul and history you can feel as well as see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a jazz concert, but usually just an amazing wooden church. Staff seem to be volunteers with all that that entails.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing building with a great history. Still a consecrated church, free entry but donations are welcomed. Good audio-visual which is worth watching to understand the history. Impressive.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit here often and always enjoy being welcomed by the guides and finding out another interesting detail about the church and its history and architecture. The guides are always informative but never intrusive and there is a lot they can tell you. The church is beautiful with soaring wooden ceilings and is a great place to slow down and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On an impulse I popped in on a Saturday afternoon. To my delight it was nearly empty and I spent some quiet time in my thoughts. If you are lucky to find it quiet it is the most awesome place in Wellington. You can feel the history and sense the thousands who have worshipped under its roof. Old St Paul's... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely a piece of history. The architecture is "old"!! Very serene and peaceful. Make sure to wear a coat as can be cold. Nice place to reflect and pray.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spectacular architecture & decor! Very peaceful & calm experience. It's the perfect venue for weddings!!! It does get noisy at times due to the large number of tourists arriving. Entrance fee is by donation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful church now owned by the Government and used as a venue for weddings, funerals and concerts. The staff are very helpful and explain the history to you. They also have a gift shop there. It's a short walk from the Beehive and not far from central Wellington. It was quiet and serene inside.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting this lovely old wooden church in Wellington, NZ, was a peaceful, prayerful experience. While my husband was enjoying filming the interior, I had time to take in the structure itself and then have time for a prayerful reflection. Unfortuntely, when many tourists arrive it becomes s slightly noisier place as not everyone is as respectful. But even my atheistic... More 

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