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St. Peter?s Church, Queenstown: 3 reviews and 7 photos


I absolutely love those little churches made of granite or greywacke. The natural colour of the stone blend so very well into the ochre and rocky landscape.

The foundations of the Anglican or Episcopalian Church in the Wakatipu were laid by William Gilbert Rees, the first settler (see extra tip), who came to Queenstown in 1861. He was a devout Anglican and held regular services which were attended by the handful of men and one woman who worked for him. Later Rees was joined by a Lay Reader named Richmond Beetham. The first wooden church was built in 1863.

The church you see today at the corner of Church and Camp Streets was built in 1932. It was designed by J. McDowall Smith of Dunedin, modelled on a the traditional lines of the English parish church using Gothic details. The exterior walls were faced with greywacke stone obtained from the lake edge on the park peninsula. The funds for the building came from three main donators. One of them, Thomas Hicks who had given 1500, was honoured by the erection of the Lychgate.

The old wooden church was given to the neighbouring parish of Dunstan. It was dismantled, taken to Omakau and re-erected. It is named after St. Mary the Virgin.

St. Peter's Church contains some beautiful features. The most noteworthy is the carved Eagle Lectern from 1874, made by a Chinese man named Ah Tong. The church also has two beautiful stained glass windows.

Service times are Sunday, 10.30am, and Wednesday, 10am.

BTW St. Paul?s in Arrowtown belongs to the same parish and has the same contact details. Service on Sunday, 9am.

Address: 2 Church Street, Queenstown 9300
othercontact: admin@stpeters.co.nz
Phone: (03) 442 8391
Website: http://www.stpeters.co.nz/

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  • Written Dec 25, 2008
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