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Old St Paul's

34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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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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34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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Reviewed yesterday

Next door to the new cathedral sits this Victorian Wooden church which was moved from one side of the main road to the other a few years ago. It is a testament to those who recognised the value and significance of this lovely building. Some...More

Thank kishere t
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a gorgeous small church! We were lucky to view the different preserved altar cloths, which are used on different feast occasions - beautifully embroidered and years old. The stained glass windows are beautiful. Well worth a visit. Thank you TIM, from Armchair Tours and...More

Thank Christy_Luv2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to believe that this magnificent wooden structure was once actually destined to be torn down. You have to step inside to admire the craftsmanship that built this church. They also have a wonderful small gift shop, and the local guides have lots of extra...More

Thank Brock53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another of our stops with Shore Trips & Tours. Interesting structure using native timbers built in the late 19th century. Great cathedral arches which has that gothic feel. Great story behind this Anglican church worth a visit.

Thank mapvap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not often you see such a lovely church built entirely of wood. It was saved after a public outcry against its demolition, and is now beautifully restored and maintained. For my wife the highlight was the chest of drawers full of beatifully embroidered...More

Thank Paal M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this beautiful church and it’s history. The craftsmanship is amazing and the stained glass windows are beautiful. There are also short videos about different parts of the church which you control yourself and are worth watching. There...More

Thank Tiara2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old St Paul's is a very beautiful historical church built from native timber that is worth a visit. It is centrally located in the city - an easy walk.

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great as welcome to take photos, lighting right for highlighting the native timbers. Videos short and informative. Don't miss the alter cloths that are stored in the drawers towards front of cathedral. Bought several items from gift shop.

Thank Yvonne S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Entirely wooden church. Guides inside, really helpful. Beware, although free generally, they plan to start charging $2 per person if on a tour.

Thank Penny P
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Visit Old St Paul's church during our tour of Wellington. Was a very interesting how it was built with the roof like a boat hull plus had drawer with different styles of cloth that used at different times. Also had a small section to buy...More

Thank Peter S
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