Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park
Close to the overbridge that links Tinakori Rd with Hobson St is a nod to one of Thorndon’s most well-known figures, in the form of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park.
Katherine Mansfield House
New Zealand’s most celebrated author, Katherine Mansfield, was born at 25 Tinakori Rd. Her experiences growing up in the house coloured her writing, and it was referenced in some of her most famous short stories, such as The Aloe, Prelude, A Birthday, The Doll’s House, and The Wind Blows.
Built in the 1880s at a cost of £400, the house has since been meticulously restored, and is now open to the public. It is classified as a “Category I” historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
The house is open six days a week from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students. A guided tour costs $10 for adults and $6 for seniors. Children can visit the house for free.
A 10 minute walk from Parliament Buildings or Old St Pauls, the house can also be reached by taking the no. 14 Wilton bus to nearby Park Street.
Visit the official website: www.katherinemansfield.com
Old St Pauls
Old St Paul’s, constructed 1865-66, was built on the site of the former Pipitea pa, and served as a cathedral in the Diocese of Wellington.
It was built entirely out of native timber, and has been cited as one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world.
After a new larger cathedral was built in the 1960s, Old St Paul’s was no longer needed to serve as the parish church of Thorndon. Although it was very nearly destroyed, it was saved and restored, remaining a consecrated church.
Now managed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, it has proven to be a popular venue for weddings, funerals, and cultural services.
Only a short walk from Wellington train station, the church is open from 9.30am to 5pm. Entry to the church is free, while hourly guided tours cost $5.
For more information visit: www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/wellington-region/old-st-pauls