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The creation of the National Shrine of Aotearoa New Zealand makes Wellington a good destination for a Catholic pilgrimage. Not only can you see our precious taonga (artwork) at St Mary of the Angels, but there are many other significant spots to visit and worship in the Archdiocese.

We have compiled a list of places-of-interest to help you devise your own itinerary if you are planning a trip. Our selection includes a variety of choices. Click here to explore.

Your visit may start at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington CBD. It should include a trip to see Suzanne Aubert’s resting place at Our Lady of Compassion in Island Bay. Close to the CBD is a historical cemetery. On the waterfront a moving plaque to refugee orphans. If you are heading up to Kapiti, there is the impressive statute of Our Lady of Lourdes and one of the region’s oldest churches in Pauatahanui. 

Please do contact us if you have suggestions on other places that should be included on our list. We are always keen to develop the resources we provide to people interested in the National Shrine and to Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua.

Photo: Futuna Chapel in Karori. An architectural jewel.