Old St Paul's, Wellington

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. With our international travel planner, Wellington attractions like Old St Paul's can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Whilst we arrived a few moments before closing time, we were a little surprised to be ushered out so abruptly! However, the building is definitely worth visiting - before 5.00pm!  more »
  • It is difficult to comprehend that over 150 years ago this beautiful old church was created without our modern technology from the hands of eight skilled carpenters. The outside of the church is so in...  more »
  • A old church with very detailed, intricate woodwork in the ceiling structures. Range of stained glass windows. Typical smaller church (although would have been considered large for its time).  more »
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  • Gorgeous timber & stained glass church. Must see in Wellington. Built 1806 incredible internal timber workmanship, beautifully preserved. Has onsite gift shop.
  • A beautiful cathedral located in Wellington CBD. It is the oldest church in Wellington and place to worship for Christians. The church was opened in 1866 and open since then. The design and architect is beautiful and still in the original form. It is 151 year old building (in 2017) and yet so beautiful. A must visit place if you like visiting churches and old building. This one is must.
  • Peaceful and interesting. Well maintained. Wide range of info regarding St Paul's in the church. Parking available on Thorndon Quay. Pull into church forecourt to drop off visitors.
  • What a fantastic piece of workmanship the building of this place is. Not generally a churchy person but so many good reviews I had to visit. And we'll happy I did.
  • One of the most beautiful churches in the world. When you are visiting Wellington it is a must to go to this place.
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