Old St Paul's
Old St Paul's
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Take a seat in this quiet sanctuary and breathe in the beauty of the architecture, stained glass windows and richly coloured furnishings. Become part of the Old St Paul’s story. Constructed between 1865 and 1866 from native timbers, Old St Paul’s is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world. The building is a handsome sight from the outside. Inside, it is simply breathtaking. Spectacular lighting gives the interior a rosy glow, enriching the appearance of brass fittings, stained glass windows and exquisite illuminated panels. It is a glorious riot of colour and light, with excellent acoustics a memorable accompaniment. No longer a parish church, but still consecrated, Old St Paul's is non-denominational, and is proudly cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Old St Paul’s is a unique venue for musicians, poets, authors, jugglers, thespians, and corporate offerings alike – suitably atmospheric and beautifully dramatic.
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  • 2CAtravelers
    Brattleboro, Vermont839 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite Interesting to See
    We made a short stop here while on a shore excursion from our cruise ship. We were only here about 20 minutes but that was enough to walk around this beautiful wooden church and listen to the docents share information about it. There's even a plaque which talks of welcoming the US Marines in 1942. Overall, this is well worth a short visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Neil C
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A history lovers must to see..
    Absolutely loved it. I love historic buildings and this old church is magnificent! We took our time wandering around. My wife loved the print outs explaining the origins of the windows. The staff answered our questions without hesitation! We spent two hours enjoying and soaking in the history! A must to see for history lovers!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Connie A
    West Fargo, North Dakota102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathless stained glass, wonderfully documented history of church in Wellington
    If you love viewing churches, don't miss this one! The old wood is amazing and the stained glass is so lovely! Vestments from the 1800's are also on display. The history is documented throughout the building so you can take a self guided tour.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Michael C
    Derby, United Kingdom1,980 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely old building
    This is a lovely old wooden church which was almost demolished a few years ago. Fortunately, this architectural gem is now preserved and is well worth a visit. The interior still has a real spiritual feeling about it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • GCKJA
    Nebraska621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely old church with helpful staff
    Beautiful, lovely old church. It was a surprise to see the American flag and US Marines flag and I loved hearing the story behind it. I'm brining a new US flag on my next visit - the current one is getting a bit tattered.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Anonymous855
    1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful docent takes you through it's history & importance
    The organist was practicing while we were there, poor acoustics surprisingly. Very nice interior and the story is meaningful. Wouldn't make this a destination but part of walking around that end of the district. Too bad the library is closed and you need reservations at the Beehive.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 April 2024
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The organist was practicing while we were there, poor acoustics surprisingly. Very nice interior and the story is meaningful. Wouldn't make this a destination but part of walking around that end of the district. Too bad the library is closed and you need reservations at the Beehive.
Written 27 April 2024
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GCKJA
Nebraska621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful, lovely old church.
It was a surprise to see the American flag and US Marines flag and I loved hearing the story behind it. I'm brining a new US flag on my next visit - the current one is getting a bit tattered.
Written 23 March 2024
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,980 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely old wooden church which was almost demolished a few years ago. Fortunately, this architectural gem is now preserved and is well worth a visit. The interior still has a real spiritual feeling about it.
Written 11 February 2024
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DavidG897
London, UK2,915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were among a group given a helpful introduction to the history of the church. This included mention of some particular highlights
Written 13 January 2024
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Connie A
West Fargo, ND102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
If you love viewing churches, don't miss this one! The old wood is amazing and the stained glass is so lovely! Vestments from the 1800's are also on display. The history is documented throughout the building so you can take a self guided tour.
Written 10 January 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Very impressive. Beautiful woodwork. A good collection of altar cloths. Interesting self-guided tours. Do take cash for your entry donation.
Written 22 August 2023
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Neil C
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Absolutely loved it.
I love historic buildings and this old church is magnificent! We took our time wandering around. My wife loved the print outs explaining the origins of the windows. The staff answered our questions without hesitation!
We spent two hours enjoying and soaking in the history!
A must to see for history lovers!
Written 1 August 2023
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2CAtravelers
Brattleboro, VT839 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We made a short stop here while on a shore excursion from our cruise ship. We were only here about 20 minutes but that was enough to walk around this beautiful wooden church and listen to the docents share information about it. There's even a plaque which talks of welcoming the US Marines in 1942. Overall, this is well worth a short visit.
Written 7 June 2023
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This lovely old (1866) church in central Wellington is well worth a visit. It is said to be one of the best examples of the Gothic-Revival style in the world. Certainly, the use of native timbers within the interior (especially the soaring ceiling) is exquisitely beautiful, as are the stained glass windows. While the building it still consecrated, it is no longer used for church services.
Old St Pauls is much more beautiful (and intimate) than the austere and much, much larger 'new' St Pauls cathedral, located about a block away.
Written 17 April 2023
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pjp28
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A visit to this beautiful historic old church is a must do when in Wellington. Despite there being other visitors I found it a peaceful experience. The guides were superb, giving visitors plenty of information about the church’s history.
Written 3 April 2023
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