Wainuiomata Pioneer Church & Churchyard Open Day & Heritage Hunt

Wainuiomata Pioneer Church & Churchyard Open Day & Heritage Hunt

Step back in time with costumed hosts and discover the history of the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church and Churchyard.

Learn about the recent extensive restoration and take part in a Heritage Hunt running between the Church and Wainuiomata Museum to be in to win prizes (adults & children).

The Wainuiomata Pioneer Church was built by pioneers in 1866 as a Wesleyan Church (Methodist). It is not only the third oldest church in the Wellington region, but it’s also the oldest of the original Methodist Churches in the region.

It has a Category II listing with the Heritage New Zealand - one of only two listed buildings in Wainuiomata.

The Churchyard is also recognised as an archaeological site with burials pre-dating 1900, and the first known burial dates from 1862.

Wainuiomata Pioneer Church was used for regular services until the congregation outgrew it and moved to the new St Stephens Church in 1957. It’s now used for non-denominational services including weddings.

No booking required.

Location: 24 Coast Rd, Wainuiomata

Cost: Free

The Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society

The Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society is passionate about this charming heritage Church and Churchyard which is the 3rd oldest in the region. The church was built 1866 and a significant restoration has just been completed making it perfect for non-denominational weddings, funerals and baptisms.

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