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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  • 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 differe...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Architectures is stunning with peaceful ambience. Feeling like getting marry here. So lovely.
  • Olders church in Wellington 1866 made my hand 9 builder's took 9 mouths 2 complete all made timber has history with American Mariners between 1942 an 44 awesome place 2 visit has a gift shop
  • Stunning architecture and ambience. Close to town. Small well kept garden. Lovely to visit.
  • Easily one of the nicest old cathedrals ive seen anywhere. V pleasant to look at inside with the amount of old wood used in construction and the lighting inside. It may not look like much from the street but its very quaint.
  • Lovely ambience for small audience concerts though parking is not great... Unless you make use of the nearby New World!

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