St. Patrick's Cathedral Auckland

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Timings : 8 AM - 8 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : Free

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St. Patrick, Auckland Overview

Situated at the heart of the city, St. Patrick's Cathedral is known as the mother church of Auckland.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

The St. Patrick’s Cathedral, also known as The Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Joseph, is located on the corner of the Federal Street in central Auckland. It was founded on 1 June 1841 by Jean Baptiste Pompallier who was the first Bishop of New Zealand. He was also the first administrator of the Catholic church from 1842-1845. The current administrator is Peter Tipene.

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History and Architecture

The St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an important part of New Zealand’s heritage. It is one of the most important buildings constructed by the Catholic church in Auckland and New Zealand. It was designed by Edward Mahoney. Mahoney and sons were influential architects and the building is a fine example for neo-gothic architecture in colonial New Zealand. St Patrick’s Cathedral has occupied its site since 1842. A prominent landmark of early Christchurch, it remains so even today. It is the centre of the Catholic community in the city.

Before the work began for the construction of a permanent church, the Catholic church opened a wooden chapel, a clergy house, and a school room. In 1845, an Australian architect named Walter Robinson arrived in Auckland to start working on the design for a stone church. In 1895, it was rebuilt by another architect called Edward Mahoney. Some of the changes to St Patrick's Cathedral are, a new slate tile roof, new foundations and restored north lawn, Earthquake strengthened walls New baptismal font, New pulpit near the sanctuary, repaired stained glass windows, strengthened bell tower.

The high ceilings give one a sense of time when the church was built. Six huge tombs were built under the church for Catholic bishops.


Mass Timings:

Sunday: 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 4.30 PM, and 7:00 PM
Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM and 12.15 PM
Public Holidays and Saturdays: 8.30 AM

How To Reach St. Patrick's Cathedral Auckland

St Patrick's Cathedral is located in Wyndham Street, Auckland.
It is situated in the city centre. From Auckland airport, it takes about 25 minutes to the church by car. There are a few bus routes that will take you to places that are at a walkable distance from the church like such as ‘SKY’ bus from Stop B International Terminal.

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