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Old St Paul's, Wellington

(4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
In the heart of Wellington's heritage district stands Old St Paul's, a former cathedral made wholly out of native timbers. An outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture, the wooden building features embroidered furnishings and colorful stained glass windows. Notice the memorial plaques on the interior walls and columns, and the flags displayed in the nave: many of these are dedicated to New Zealand and US marines who fought and died in World War I and World War II. Ask a guide to tell you some of the quirky stories associated with this former church, which today hosts a number of cultural events. Add Old St Paul's to your Wellington travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Wellington tour planner.
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  • This is a beautiful wooden cathedral, very well worth the visit. It no longer functions as a church, there is a modern replacement cathedral.  more »
  • Worth a stop if you like to see quality wood working and beautiful stain glass work. The church is one of the oldest buildings left in Wellington and was a nice stop on our walking tour.  more »
  • What a beautiful church and fascinating history. It's hard to believe that it once stood in the harbor and that that much land has been reclaimed. It's wonderful to learn how the parishioners saved it...  more »
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  • A charming building with excellent acoustics, a nice stained glass window, and some cool hidden carvings. Parking can be difficult.
  • This was a really nice little surprise on a short walk over from the government buildings on a rainy morning. It's nice from outside, but really great inside, and I would never have guessed from the fairly plain exterior. It has a lot of history, which is clear from all of the decorations inside, as well as explained by some exhibits discussing the history installed in the far corner. There's a small gift shop in another corner. There's impressive stained glass. This was certainly the nicest church I saw in New Zealand. The new version, a couple of streets over, is much more modern and understated (although it has some nice glass, too). It's free, although there's a donation box.
  • Beautiful place. Truly unique. Hand built by people and still withstanding the test of time.
  • The church was closed due to a private function, so I just entered the porch - the door was open and there was nobody there who I could disturb. And then the lady at the entrance ran to me and very rudely told me to leave, standing between me and the church door as if she needed to physically stop me - even after I explained her I knew about the function and it was not my intention to get inside. Very unfriendly approach and very unrespectful of the place.
  • Beautiful old church with an architecture that isn't generally seen constructed from wood. An excellent place to visit and free of charge.