Two splendid days available to wander through St Christopher’s a beautiful Romanesque Revival style church, hear a special presentation on ‘Shipwrecks in and around Wellington the Region’, and then pop next door and enjoy the annual Seatoun Art and Crafts Exhibition and Sale.
St Christopher’s Church will be open from 11am - 2pm on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st. The Seatoun Arts & Craft Exhibition and Sale will be on between 10am - 4pm on the same days.
There will also be a Self Guided History Walk Map available for you to explore some of the local sites around Seatoun.
'Shipwrecks in and around the Wellington Region'
Hear William Bullock do a presentation on shipwrecks in and around the Wellington Region between 2pm-3pm in the church on Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November. There will be some artefacts collected from local shipwrecks to create a display and a Q&A session.
William Bullock biography:
I was brought up beside the sea in Karaka Bay. My early days were filled with diving and gathering food for the table. In later years I started diving on shipwrecks, the first being the Devon on Pencarrow Head. This led me to work with Kelly Tarlton diving wrecks around New Zealand and abroad. From there I left to get into Commercial Diving in the North Sea and did this for many years . I was also working in salvage operations in that time. I now reside above the harbour entrance and can see where various wrecks are lying in our local waters
History of the Church
In 1913 money was raised for a small church building (9m x 6m) which was built on the site that is now occupied by St Christopher’s. In 1919 it was moved to its present position, altered and extended over the years and continues as the Seatoun Village Hall.
In 1932, the Seatoun Presbyterian Church was opened by His Excellency, Lord Bledisloe, the Governor General. The architect, William Fielding chose the Romanesque Revival style with its solid masonry construction, arched windows and sense of permanence. Features of the church include the historic Tracker organ, stained glass windows and the ‘Wahine Cross’ crafted by Mr Joe Gibson from mahogany salvaged from the wreck of the Wahine.
St Christopher’s Parish was closed by the Presbyterian Church in 2013 and the property sold in 2015. It was purchased by local benefactors and reopened under the management of a community trust which ensures that it continues to be used by Seatoun residents and the wider Wellington community.
No booking is required
Location: 22 Forres Street, Seatoun, Wellington City
Cost: Free / Koha appreciated
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 955 331
Accessibility: On street parking is available. St Christopher’s is designated earthquake prone and is yellow stickered and remedial work must be completed by 2027.