St Mary's at Pukekaraka

4 Convent Road, Otaki
Otaki, Wellington
An existing historic church built by Ngati Kapu in 1859 has been given an extension by architects Design Group: Stapleton Elliot.

St Mary's Church, Otaki, is New Zealand's oldest Catholic church still in use. It is on the site of what was once a Catholic Mission. A large Maori settlement (kainga) grew up around the mission.

The Parish name Pukekaraka means hill of Karaka trees. The presbytery, (1897) has, like the church, been recognised by the Historic Places Trust.
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  • Meeting House at Pukekara
    Meeting House at Pukekara
  • Wall Detail - Old Church
    Wall Detail - Old Church
  • St Mary's - New and Old
    St Mary's - New and Old
  • Interior Old Church
    Interior Old Church
  • St Mary Otaki
    St Mary Otaki
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