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“Lovely Little Church”

St. Faith's Anglican Church
Ranked #30 of 113 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Really nice Church with woven rafia and hand painted walls, very Maori, very peaceful, very attractive. Set in a well cared for graveyard on the edge of the lake, and well worth while visiting.

1  Thank HaiyanandHong
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

This tucked-away tiny church is simply a delight - a meeting of the Anglican faith with traditional Maori carvings. Sit quietly and enjoy the ambience, then put something in the collection box to help them maintain it in all it's remarkable Maori splendour.

1  Thank Normski99
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

Whenever we have out of town visitors I take them to Ohinemutu and St Faith's. St Faith's is a church like no other. It is steeped in history and culture. The carvings and weavings are incredible, as are the stained glass windows. Inside the church, there is a feeling of tranquility. Beautiful.

Thank HinemoaHoney
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

There’s just something so spiritual about this culturally beautiful church! Located in the tiny Maori village of Ohinemutu opposite the Maori 'wharenui' (meeting or big house) with the latter having intricately carved external wooden carvings. In proximity together the Tudor style architecture of the church with its small bell tower and the bold reddish and cream colour scheme of both buildings, really draws the eye. Outside the front entry and on the side is the above ground burial tombs that really stand out in white. One can only gather that this was necessary due to the extreme ground temperatures of the surrounding earth.

However, it’s the interior of this church that is infused with a spiritual serenity.There are beautiful woven panels (tukutuku), Maori carvings, painted scroll work, a remarkable pulpit and stained-glass windows. For us the most beautiful feature of the church is the Galilee Window, which shows the image of Christ wearing a traditional Maori cloak appearing to walk on water.This is because the widow has a view looking towards Lake Rotorua and captures this allusion very realistically – we loved it all!

St Faith's is open every day with a service or two on some days, which is clearly stated. So if are visiting the lower end of the town or Lake then it’s only a short walk around some homes to get here or you can drive or cycle. Around the church and meeting house grounds there are some placards to read, bubbling hot water areas with a couple in backyards that can be seen over low fences (built so people can view them).

Enjoy your visit!

4  Thank Globebugs
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

Once inside the front door walk to the right and sit in front of the window of Christ walking over the water. Just sit and rest a while. Interesting to me (an RC) to see the Roman Catholic additions, ie, the crucifix.
Take more time to walk out along the graves dedicated to the 28th Maori Battalion heroes.

Thank myscha
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