St Mary’s Church

Top choice church in Pacific Coast Hwy

If you haven't yet made it into a marae (meeting house), you’ll get a fair idea of what you’re missing out on by visiting the extraordinary St Mary’s Church, built in 1924. It’s nothing special from the outside, but step inside for a sensory overload. There are woven tukutuku (flax panels) on the walls, geometrically patterned stained-glass windows, painted beams and amazing carvings – check out the little guys holding up the pulpit.

A stained-glass crucifixion scene behind the pulpit depicts WWI Māori soldiers in attendance of Christ.