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Old St. Paul's Tours

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Old St. Paul's
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.
Address: 34 Mulgrave Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Admission: Free
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Wellington Sightseeing Tour

Wellington Sightseeing Tour

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Whether it’s your first time in Wellington or you just want to see as much as possible during your time in port, this half-day sightseeing tour offers a great introduction to the city and a diverse range of sights. Visit the iconic Weta Cave and the historic Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, ride the Wellington cable car to the top of the city, and enjoy panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
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Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

Wellington City Sights and Coastline Guided Tour

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Discover the capital city of New Zealand on a 3 hour coach tour of Wellington. Your driver-guide points out the highlights, including historic landmarks and iconic buildings such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll stroll through the Wellington Botanic Garden, drive through the suburbs of Seatoun and Oriental Bay, appreciate the vista over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast from Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car.
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  • 3 hours
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Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Wellington City Sights and Coastline Tour

Shore Excursion: Wellington City Sights and Coastline Tour

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Explore Wellington’s key sites on a half-day shore excursion that’s designed to make the most of your time. You’ll tick off a long list of sightseeing highlights as you stand atop Mount Victoria, tour the south coast, and visit surrounding villages. Portside pickup cuts down on time in transit; instead, you'll use every minute to experience New Zealand’s vibrant capital city.
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  • 3 hours
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Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

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Get introduced to the cosmopolitan city of Wellington on a small-group sightseeing tour by luxury mini-coach. You’ll travel along the south coast and into the heart the capital, including the suburb of Thorndon, site of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive. Travel by cable car to the summit of Mt Victoria and visit the national Te Papa museum. Choose a half-day itinerary or upgrade for a full day that includes a beach picnic or cafe lunch. Numbers are limited to six people for an intimate experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Private Wellington Full Day Sightseeing Tour

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Tick off the top attractions of the Windy City on this private full-day tour of Wellington. Experience the myriad delights of New Zealand’s capital as you take in the views from Mt Victoria, spot seals at Red Rocks, then go behind-the-scenes with a 45-minute tour of the Weta Cave, where the special effects for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were created. After a scrumptious lunch at the Chocolate Fish Café (included), ride the cable car over Wellington and visit landmarks like the Botanical Gardens, the Parliament Buildings and the Beehive.
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  • 7 hours
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From Cave to Coast Wellington Highlights Tour

From Cave to Coast Wellington Highlights Tour

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Wellington’s south coast is both a popular choice and a missed opportunity for visitors; although a visit to Weta Workshop is a popular choice, many visitors pass up the chance to see the rocky beaches and rough surf that Wellington locals have learned to love. From the Weta Cave to the Taputarenga Marine Reserve, this small group tour offers the full south coast experience.
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  • 5 hours
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Sightsee Wellington Combo Tour Including Guided Tour of Te Papa

Sightsee Wellington Combo Tour Including Guided Tour of Te Papa

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Combine a morning of sightseeing in Wellington with an afternoon visit to Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum. See Wellington landmarks such as the Beehive and St Paul’s Cathedral, take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car (own expense), and admire the views from the top of Mount Victoria. After lunch (own expense), enjoy a guided tour of Te Papa, take in the highlights of the permanent exhibitions, and learn more about NZ’s rich Maori history and heritage.
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  • 6 hours
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Wellington Shore Excursion: From Cave to Coast Highlights Private Tour

Wellington Shore Excursion: From Cave to Coast Highlights Private Tour

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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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  • 5 hours
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Wellington Highlights Combo Tour Including Cable Car and Guided Zealandia Tour

Wellington Highlights Combo Tour Including Cable Car and Guided Zealandia Tour

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Combine a morning of sightseeing in Wellington with an afternoon visit to Zealandia, an urban ecosanctuary right in the heart of the capital. See Wellington landmarks such as the Beehive and St Paul’s Cathedral, take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, and admire the views from the top of Mount Victoria. After lunch (own expense), enjoy a guided tour of Zealandia, learn about the ground-breaking conservation project, and spot endemic wildlife such as takahe and weka.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Wellington’s hills and devise your own itinerary on this self-guided electric bike tour. Opt for a 1 or 2-day bike rental and zip between sights like the Weta Workshop, Te Papa Museum, or Zealandia Sanctuary; glide along the Wellington Waterfront; or escape the city to cycle the Rimutaka Rail Trail or take in the views from Mt Victoria.
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Sightsee Wellington Full Day Combo Tour Including Weta Workshop.

Sightsee Wellington Full Day Combo Tour Including Weta Workshop.

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  • 7 hours
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Wellington and Martinborough Overnight Combo Tour

Wellington and Martinborough Overnight Combo Tour

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Private 3HR Wellington City Tour

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Kiwi Guide who knows all the best places to visit. Trained on the history and geology of our beautiful Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud); New Zealand. Your Guide can tailor the 3 hours to suit your personal preferences, likes and dislikes. We can also pick you up and drop you off when it suits you, and where it suits you.
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Private 4HR Wellington Tour

Private 4HR Wellington Tour

Kiwi Guide who knows all the best places to visit. Trained on the history and geology of our beautiful Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud); New Zealand. Your Guide can tailor the 4 hours to suit your personal preferences, likes and dislikes. We can also pick you up and drop you off when it suits you, and where it suits you.
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Wellington Full Day Tour

Wellington Full Day Tour

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Discover the top attractions of Wellington on this all-day guided tour. The itinerary includes a drive up to the top of Mount Victoria for the views, a visit to Weta Studios on the Miramar Peninsula to see where "Lord of the Rings" was filmed (if option selected), a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, plus stops at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Old St. Paul’s Cathedral.
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  • 6 hours 27 minutes to 7 hours
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