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St Joseph's Church

5050 Whanganui River Road, Jerusalem 4576, New Zealand
+64 6-342 8190
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A pause on our way

The road is rather windy, but what a lovely place to pause and reflect. Words of Suzanne Aubert... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Kiwitraveller502011
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New Zealand
via mobile
Beautiful church in remote part of NZ

Tranquil setting among beautiful native bush and next to the Wanganui river. About 1.5 hours drive... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
Alipa50
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Wellington, New Zealand
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St Joseph's Church Hiruhārama/Jerusalem is known as New Zealand's most photographed church. The first church was destroyed by fire in 1888, so this is the second church building on the site. In 1992 it was given a 'B' rating by the NZ Historic Places Trust. The Sisters of Compassion have been present at Jerusalem since 1883 when Suzanne Aubert established a convent school. They are kaitiaki (guardians) of the church, old convent, and grounds, and have always worked in partnership with the local tangata whenua. The old convent has good facilities for independent (self-catering) groups, including showers and large community rooms. Accommodation is dormitory style, with single beds, a cot and bassinet. There are up to 20 beds. Please bring your own bed linen / sleeping bags. Catering is not provided so please bring your own food. There is a per night charge
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“compassion” (6 reviews)
“suzanne” (3 reviews)
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5050 Whanganui River Road, Jerusalem 4576, New Zealand
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+64 6-342 8190
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The road is rather windy, but what a lovely place to pause and reflect. Words of Suzanne Aubert, The Sisters of Compassion - 'Life is a journey by road. On the way we travel the dust is thick and shade is scarce - Let us...More

Thank Kiwitraveller502011
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Tranquil setting among beautiful native bush and next to the Wanganui river. About 1.5 hours drive from Wanganui via the river road. There were beautiful river views as we drove down this road.

Thank Alipa50
Reviewed 16 April 2016

The history of this church and convent is still ongoing as the Sisters of Compassion wait to see if their Foundress becomes a Saint! The wooden church gleams with the care and love that keeps it in pristine condition. Inside there are tradional style Maori...More

Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed 21 February 2016

It is so peaceful up here and so quite, I just lovely all the native birds ,the river, all the lovely walk's you can go on and the sister's are lovely..

Thank Merv-Taupo
Reviewed 21 February 2016

A very spiritual place that can't help but impress. A little snapshot in time and a great reminder of how simple life was.

Thank Suzieb827
Reviewed 8 January 2016

This place has amazing history - it has been painted since the current photo - a must stop if you are driving the Whanganui River Road

Thank DCWCAD
Reviewed 12 April 2015

After walking the Matemateaonga track we took the Whanganui Tours shuttle to transport us back to Whanganui. Little did we know that Valerie, our driver, would stop along the way and point out some of the important historical spots along the valley. One of the...More

2  Thank 8623PaulineS
Reviewed 7 April 2015

The sister's lodge, now a museum of sorts and a retreat in the small settlement of Jerusalem is a fascinating trip into some history in this rural environment near the Whanganui River. Along a pathway you come to the historic church which is loving kept...More

Thank CathyandKen O
Reviewed 11 March 2015

The buildings are old but it is a credit to the people who look after the buildings and the grounds and gardens. Worth the visit. My feelings are that a lot of tears would have been shed at this place. Possibly much sad history.

Thank Wayne J
Reviewed 16 February 2015

It is very hard to compare a place like this out-of-the-way convent on the magnificent Whanganui River with more commercial or even scenic 'attractions.' This convent screams: "tapu (sacred)," "historical," "iconic," and "contemplative." It is living church with a deep history. I rate it up...More

Thank MykieHamiltonL
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Lyn_57Oz
I would like to book 6 beds for my party and I, but can't find a site to take my booking. Would you supply info on how to book please? Thank you
23 August 2015|
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Response from 8623PaulineS | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lyn, Thanks for your question. We went to Jersualem after a long walk in the Whanganui Nationalpark - but weren't aware you could stay there. However upon research I found a website including the words jerusalem and... More
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Lyn_57Oz
How can I book a bed in the dorm?
23 August 2015|
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Response from CathyandKen O | Reviewed this property |
We did not stay here, only had a look around but it looks comfy and welcoming.The website is available if you google Sisters of Compassion Jerusalem or Whanganui and there is a booking tab. Hope this helps. Cathy
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