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Welcoming, elegant and tranquil, Old St Paul’s presents a stunning example of timber Gothic Revival architecture, and the ideal venue for your event or celebration. Whether you’re planning a concert or performance, a wedding, christening or memorial service, Old St Paul’s is a one-of-a-kind space able to accommodate events both large and small.
Concerts and performances
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Beautiful, atmospheric and dramatic, Old St Paul’s is a conveniently located, historic venue in the heart of the capital city, offering a unique and memorable performance space. The iconic Wellington building is available to hire for performances of all sizes.
The interior is a glorious riot of colour and light, with superb acoustics. Competitively priced, Old St Paul’s has a seating capacity of 460, and a bar licence. Staging options are available, as is the use of the pipe organ and grand piano.
Recent popular performances have included lauded New Zealand singer-songwriter Teeks, dream-pop band French for Rabbits, and influential New York-based musician Joan as Police Woman.
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Since 1866, Old St Paul's has been a welcoming and sophisticated wedding venue for thousands of couples. Famed for its glowing wooden interior and illuminated stained glass windows, this beautiful building in the heart of Wellington provides the perfect setting for a traditional wedding with a twist of modern elegance.
No longer a parish church and proudly cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Old St Paul's is non-denominational though still consecrated. Design your own large or intimate ceremony, whether it is religious, civil, LGBTQIA+, or a renewal of vows.
Venue hire includes exclusive use of the church for 90-minutes, pew decorations and the services of the dedicated Old St Paul’s wedding coordinator. There is also the option of bells, organ and/or piano music performed by our experienced musician, or extended time for photography.
Funerals and memorials
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Old St Paul’s is a serene, peaceful and special place to celebrate the life of your loved one. The church is non-denominational, offering flexibility in the ways you can honour your family member.
Our considerate staff has the trust and confidence of funeral directors throughout the Wellington region. We understand how important it is to ensure a funeral or memorial service is a fitting tribute to your loved one.
Please talk to your preferred funeral director about arrangements at Old St Paul’s, or contact our office directly for memorial service information.
Old St Paul’s is a consecrated, non-denominational church, ideal for a religious christening or a naming ceremony. Especially fitting for use at such a significant occasion is the beautiful stone baptismal font, which is one of the original furnishings of the church.
Organise your own minister or celebrant to perform the ceremony in the style that suits you.
Contact our office for further details.
Photography and film shoots
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Both inside and out, Old St Paul’s provides a rich backdrop for filming and photography. The church’s wonderful acoustics lend themselves beautifully to music recording, and the interior space can be lit to evoke both quiet and drama.
Contact our office to discuss your options.
Our newly installed audio visual, sound and lighting systems, as well as 75-inch screens are suitable for most events including concerts and performances.
The church is also fitted with an assistive listening system.
Old St Paul’s has a seating capacity of 460, and a bar licence. Staging options are available, as is the use of the pipe organ and grand piano.
The services of Old St Paul’s in-house musician, internationally acclaimed concert organist Paul Rosoman, are offered subject to availability.
Work with our helpful and knowledgeable staff to create your perfect event.
Location and parking
Old St Paul’s is located at 34 Mulgrave Street, Pipitea, Wellington. There is paid on-street parking on Mulgrave St and nearby Pipitea, Murphy and Aitken streets (see parking signs for times). Bus parking is available on the street directly outside Old St Paul’s. There is one designated accessible parking space; visitors are also welcome to use the driveway to drop-off and pick-up visitors for easy access.
There is no onsite parking.
For public transport options please go to the Visit Old St Paul’s page.