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Living History

I had the opportunity to stay in the Old Convent while conducting a men's retreat. The setting is... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
Winchester, United Kingdom
Beautifully restored church

Well worth the long and winding drive up the Whanganui River Road. So tranquil you could be... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Julian T
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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...more
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5050 Whanganui River Road, Jerusalem 4576, New Zealand
+64 6-342 8190
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

I had the opportunity to stay in the Old Convent while conducting a men's retreat. The setting is completely idyllic with no cell phone coverage in the area. No matter what the weather conditions (and we had a mix of wet and overcast conditions) the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Well worth the long and winding drive up the Whanganui River Road. So tranquil you could be anywhere in the world!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Julian T
Reviewed 3 December 2017

We were by ourselves here, didn't even see any of the clergy. Well tended gardens, beautiful flowers and a nice wooden church Christian-Maori mix. Could have spent hours here.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank jobst56
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Gorgeous spot rich with history and interesting characters. Definitely include a visit her if you're heading up the river

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Michele S
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

Date of experience: April 2017
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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.

Date of experience: March 2017
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

Date of experience: April 2016
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..

Date of experience: March 2015
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.

Date of experience: January 2016
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

Date of experience: January 2016
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23 August 2015|
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
23 August 2015|
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