St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

4.3
#4 of 7 in Historic Sites in Dunedin
St Paul's Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin in New Zealand and the seat of the Bishop of Dunedin.LocationThe Cathedral Church of St Paul occupies a site in the heart of The Octagon near the Dunedin Town Hall and hence Dunedin. The land for St Paul's Church was given by the sealer and whaler Johnny Jones of Waikouaiti.HistoryThe first parish church of St Paul was built on the site from 1862 to 1863. It was made of Caversham stone and could accommodate up to 500 people. It was not, however, well constructed. The stone weathered badly and the tall spire was removed after just a few years. The man consecrated to be the first Bishop of Dunedin, but never enthroned, Bishop Henry Jenner, visited the diocese in 1869. He officiated at St Paul’s and gave a lecture on church music illustrated by the St Paul’s choir. He is remembered as the composer of the hymn tune "Quam dilecta".In 1871 Samuel Tarratt Nevill was elected as Bishop of Dunedin. Initially he made no mention of the need for a cathedral for the diocese and it was not until the 1876 synod that he broached the subject. The issue was avoided by forming a commission to investigate the whole matter. The commission later recommended that St Paul’s should become the mother church. However, Nevill favoured St. Matthew's Church, Dunedin, and the impasse remained. In the early 1880s the question was revisited and again no resolution was reached. However, in 1894, 18 years after the issue was first raised, all sides agreed to the proposal for St Paul’s to become the cathedral. The cathedral chapter was formed and took up the responsibility for running the cathedral from 1895. Thomas Whitelock Kempthorne of Kempthorne Prosser Ltd was a generous supporter of the cathedral and a memorial stands inside.
Put St. Paul's Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dunedin driving holiday planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including St. Paul's Cathedral
map
St. Paul's Cathedral Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
136 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • We were walking past with 30min to spare. The lady on the shop was happy to talk about the cathedral. Nice stained glass. Our son did the stained glass Q&A. The pipe organ is huge.  more »
  • Erected in 1919, this church looked majestic & spectacular & we were humbled by the sight of it. We went into the church itself and were left with awe on the design of the stained glass windows.  more »
  • A must see and to go inside the Church to appreciate the grand arcihtecture and style of the time when it was constructed.  more »
Google
  • Lovely building. Grand but peaceful. Interesting mixture of neo gothic and modern. Very well designed and the old and new parts contrast in a way but also blendo well together. Very uplifting. Went to evensong. My partner is not particulaly religious but found it meaningful. Calm and deep. Lovely dean (vicar/ptiest) seemed humble and very genuine. It took me to another level altogether. Few people in the congregation but that was fine. True devotion. The choir are excellent. There is a real quality here in general. Thoughtful and open. Can only say a big thank you. Thanks - it remains in my mind.
  • Pretty architecture, free to enter and particularly enjoyed the unique Dunedin themed stained glass windows
  • Very friendly staff. Beautiful inside. Reminded me of some of the European churches
  • Lovely church, nice building
  • Beautiful!

Plan your trip to Dunedin

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Dunedin

Many of the accommodations in Dunedin are based around the central George Street thoroughfare, including a wide range of hotels and hostels. Rental apartments represent a fine way to stay in Dunedin, and may appeal more to those wanting to stay on the move or take in the town and the surrounding landscape at their own pace. Campsites situated to the north and east of the town center give you more economical options, while motels cluster along the main highways, convenient if you're coming by car.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Dunedin by other users

13 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM BULGARIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, romantic, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Dunedin BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in South Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HUNGARY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HUNGARY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HUNGARY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans