Historical Walking Tour of Suzanne Aubert’s Wellington
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Historical Walking Tour of Suzanne Aubert’s Wellington


Follow the footsteps of Suzanne Aubert, Meri Hōhepa, the woman who will become New Zealand’s first saint, through Wellington city.

Discover the places where this remarkable woman lived out a life of faith and compassion in a practical way, as she tended to the most pressing social needs of the day.

The tour begins at Suzanne’s Historic Crèche (now the Pukeahu Education Centre) in Buckle Street. This was one of the first successful crèches to operate in New Zealand.

Around the corner is the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street, not far from its original location. The response of the Soup Kitchen to hunger and social isolation has been constant since 1901. Bring your own lunch; a cup of tea will be available at the Soup Kitchen for a break during the tour.

Next we will visit St Mary of the Angel’s, the church where Suzanne Aubert’s funeral was held in 1926. Wellington stopped and thousands lined Willis and Boulcott Streets to pay their respects to this extraordinary women who had done so much to help people, regardless of faith or background.

The tour finishes at Parliament. Suzanne walked through this part of town visiting politicians and supporters, and mixing her herbal remedies in Molesworth Street.

Sr Sue Cosgrove, Sisters of Compassion, will lead the tour.

The tour has a capacity of 15 people.

Booking is required. Click here to book via Eventfinda.

Location: Tour begins at Pukeahu Education Centre, 18 Buckle Street (off Tory Street), Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Cost: Koha for the Compassion Soup Kitchen

Duration: 10am to 3:30pm (A break and a cup of tea will be served at 11am at the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street. Bring your own lunch.)

Email Contact: heritagecentre@compassion.org.nz

Telephone Contact: (04) 282 1953

Our Lady’s Home of Compassion

The sisters are committed to delivering “compassionate care” throughout the community by providing meals, food, and basic needs to those who have very little, caring for the elderly, and providing individual and family support. We seek to bring dignity to the lives of the aged, the powerless and the poor.

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