One of the few things I miss about the UK are the thousands of stone churches, dating back from Norman times through the ages, though for their architecture rather than any spiritual function. Every town and village has an historic church. Given that churches have existed in New Zealand for less than two hundred years its hard to compete but there are some beautiful examples around.
Old St. Paul’s, Wellington
Probably the most beautiful wooden building in the country, the original Wellington cathedral is a masterpiece of form and proportion, deeply atmospheric and restful.
Old St Stephen’s, Auckland
A tiny white church perched up above Judges Bay in Parnell, with views over the Port and harbour. About as picturesque as you can get.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo
The most famous church in New Zealand, often accompanied in photos with a stunning starscape behind, befitting being in one of the world’s first Dark Sky Reserves.
Christ Church, Russell
The oldest church in New Zealand. Reading the gravestones is evocative of the early days of Maori and Pākehā life.
Oban Presbyterian Church, Stewart Island
One of the most southernly churches in the country, special for it’s location more than design but still worth visiting if by chance you happen to be in Oban.
First Church, Dunedin
One of the most impressive stone churches in the country dating from 1873.
Te Waimate Church, Te Waimate
Another very early New Zealand church, part of the Te Waimate Mission.
St. John’s Cathedral, Napier
Possibly my favourite church, beautiful art deco details.
Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson
Interesting. In a word.
Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch
Tragically looking nothing like this anymore.