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Old St. Paul’s

Old St. Paul’s Cathedral might look out of place nestled in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon, surrounded by multistory offices and modern apartment buildings—but this heritage-listed edifice was there long before any of them. Built in 1866, the beautiful and impeccably preserved Gothic church was constructed from native timber.

The Basics

Though it no longer holds Sunday services, Old St. Paul’s remains Wellington’s oldest Anglican church. After a long battle to prevent its demolition in the 1960s, the building is now managed by Heritage New Zealand, who open the church to visitors almost every day of the year. Its impressive interior houses an interactive exhibition, “Read This Building,” that details the building’s construction.

Old St. Paul’s is a popular stop for Wellington sightseeing tours, including shore excursions. Guided tours of the cathedral are available for a small fee.

Things to Know Before You Go

Entry to the church is by donation.

The Old St. Paul’s gift shop sells locally made souvenirs; all proceeds go toward preservation work on the cathedral.

Brochures about the church’s history and architecture are available in a number of languages.

Old St. Paul’s is wheelchair accessible, though some aisles may be too narrow for motorized chairs.

How to Get There

The cathedral is centrally located in Wellington, a block from the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and a roughly 5-minute walk from Lambton Quay. If you’re traveling by bus or train, get off at the interchange/railway station and head north up Mulgrave Street.

When to Get There

Old St. Paul’s is open during normal business hours except on most public holidays and when there is a private function. Visit on a sunny day—you can take a picnic and relax on the cathedral’s leafy grounds before or after your tour.

Old St. Paul’s Unique Architecture

Old St. Paul’s Cathedral is a classic Gothic Revival church and is known in particular for its grand interior design. The cathedral is built from rich brown native timber; in the building’s nave, the timber has been curved into huge arches, like the hull of an old wooden ship. The church is lined with stained glass windows and features a bold stained glass triptych behind the altar.

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34 Mulgrave Street, Wellington, New Zealand, 6011
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View the must-see attractions of Wellington on a 2.5-hour shore excursion. During your sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital, observe architectural landmarks such as the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive, and visit Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Soak up picturesque views of the city and harbor from a lookout pt on Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. Round-trip port transport by coach is included.
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Maximize your time in port in Wellington with this shore excursion and take in the highlights of the New Zealand capital. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, take in the views from Mount Victoria, explore the old and new St. Paul's Cathedral, visit the famous Weta Cave, and enjoy free time to explore independently. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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Wellington’s sprawling coastline can be intimidating to explore. This guided tour will take you around all the highlights in around five hours. Starting with views of the harbour and the sprawling Wellington region at the Mount Victoria lookout, you’ll be driven around Oriental Bay, the Miramar Peninsula and the winding southern coastline. In between, enjoy stops at Weta Workshop’s Weta Cave shop, the Wahine Memorial Park and Taputarenga Marine Reserve.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Old St. Paul's can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Old St. Paul's costs USD 53.73. Guided Old St. Paul's tours start around USD 53.73 per person.
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