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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.

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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We stumbled across this church last earlier this week. There was a tour group from a cruise ship visiting at the time, but there was vacant parking space just outside, so we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled across this church last earlier this week. There was a tour group from a cruise ship visiting at the time, but there was vacant parking space just outside, so we couldn't resist. From the outside the church is less than ordinary. However, once inside, the scene is transformed. You immediately feel warm and comfortable, largely due to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gothic arts wooden church. Beautiful Stained Glass. Serene and warm. Friendly staff. Cute things sold in the shop.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fine old church built in 1862 of the best timbers and craftsmanship. One of Wellingtons icons and popular for weddings and funerals and christening, Because of its atmosphere,it's a favourite for other events as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is completely made of wood. It is awesome and survived the earthquakes because it is wood.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

NZ does have its fair share of beautiful Church's and this matches anything else I have seen in the world !

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

If old style timber creations are for you then don,t miss the Old St Paul's, Such a beautiful serene experience not only for the religious visitor, The timber structures & workmanship are extraordinary

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in the area, Old St Paul's is certainly worthwhile visiting. It resembles the inside of an upside-down boat and is made almost entirely from wood. The alter table textiles archived in drawers towards the back of the church featured exquisite embroidery for their time and were very beautiful. A great visit to this Heritage New Zealand site!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small church appears to have been designed by a ship's architect - the inside of the roof is like an upturned wooden boat. The stained glass windows are quite stunning. A real contrat to the new (in my opinion ugly) Cathedral

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing little old church which is completely made of all types of wood. If you are in Wellington this little site is well worth a visit. The guides are full of interesting tales about it's history and no doubt it has survived the many earthquakes over the years due to the flexibility of its construction. This is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful little church. The interior is all wood (no termites in New Zealand) so it is quite different from other churches that we find in the rest of the world.

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