upcoming events And special Services

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The Friends of Holy Trinity Cathedral

Sunday 4 October 2020 | 5pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral 


You are invited to celebrate the work of the Friends of Holy Trinity Cathedral at a special evening which will include Choral Evensong and AGM followed by the annual dinner in the Bishop Selwyn Library. This year Dame Silvia Cartwright is the guest speaker. All are welcome to attend this popular event.

Auckland Heritage Festival: Exploring Sacred Spaces

Sunday 11 October 2020 | 2-4pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral 

Presented by the Auckland Interfaith Council. This tour will take us through both the Cathedral and St Mary's Church. We will hear about the early history of the Anglican church in this area, the building of the Cathedral and the Church that moved. Find out how a remarkable New Zealander, Sir Edmund Hillary, is remembered in St Mary's in Holy Trinity and how this links us to the interfaith community.

NZ Opera presents Handel's Semele

29, 31 Oct & 2, 4, 6 nov 2020
Holy Trinity Cathedral

Fame and immortality comes to church. A unique staging of Handel’s Baroque masterpiece Semele in the breathtaking Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Handel’s score is an opera and oratorio hybrid. Unlike his much more famous Messiah, this work was considered profane when first performed. Drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and turned into a libretto by Congreve, the sensual story explores a love triangle between Jupiter, King of the Gods, his wife, the goddess Juno, and his lover, the mortal princess Semele.

Organ at Noon - Recital 3

Sunday 8 November 2020 | 12pm- 12:30pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral


Holy Trinity Cathedral presents a series of recitals performed on the triumphant Nicholson organ in the Nave of our Cathedral. This recital will feature organist Stephen Vincent. All are welcome to hear this unique instrument in action after our 10am Eucharist. Attendance is free of charge.

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The Nave

Capacity: 1100 seated | Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The Cathedral Nave is not only used for worship, the space is regularly used as an auditorium, concert venue, lecture theatre and conference venue to name but a few. The space is versatile with movable furniture enabling the Nave to be configured in many different ways. The vibrant stained glass creates an uplifting effect during the day and is atmospheric in the evening. Events held in the Cathedral Nave include concerts by the Auckland Philharmonia, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbin, Paul Kelly and Beth Orton, Auckland Choral, the Lexus Song Quest, the KBB Music Festival, and workshops with the King's Singers.

The Chancel

Capacity: 100 seated  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The Cathedral Chancel is a spectacular venue suitable for smaller concerts, with high ceiling arches, polished wooden floors and beautiful acoustics. The Chancel has been the setting of many concerts including those by V8 and Trinity Voices.

Bishop Selwyn Chapel

Capacity: 190 standing  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager

Ask about our special Christmas lunch venue hire offer.

Designed by Auckland architects, Fearon Hay, this remarkable space has three walls of glass and a gilded curved ceiling. Sitting in the Chapel you look out through mature oaks across the city to Maungakiekie, to your right you see the historic and beautiful St Mary’s, and to your left there is a glimpse of the Waitematā.  On summer days, the front wall is fully opening, with nine sliding panels, inviting interaction with the Trinity Garden, in which sits a gilded cross sculpture designed by Christchurch artist, Neil Dawson.  The ceiling is gilded with three colours of gold, and the skylight at the back allows a view up the exterior wall of the Cathedral to the outside of the Rose Window. This award-winning Chapel is an exquisite venue for cocktail functions, dinners, product launches, conferences, chamber music concerts and much more.

Image: Patrick Reynolds

St Mary's-in-Holy Trinity

Capacity: 550 seated  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

St Mary's-in-Holy Trinity is over 120 years old and made almost exclusively from native Heart Kauri. It is one of the larger wooden churches in New Zealand but still provides an intimate atmosphere for concerts and lectures.

The Bishop Monteith Visitors' Centre

Capacity: 100 seated, 200 standing  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The Bishop Monteith Visitors' Centre is the long, glass building located off the Cathedral's sunny Forecourt with excellent views over the Waitemata on one side and of the Mountain Fountain on the other. The Visitors' Centre is suitable for a variety of catered functions from sit-down dinners to cocktail parties, and there is a functional and well-stocked kitchen facility attached. There is also a fixed projector screen enabling this venue to be used for presentations, AGMs and lectures.

The John Wilson Gallery

Capacity: 80 standing  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The newest venue at Holy Trinity Cathedral, the John Wilson Gallery is a creative and vibrant space ideal for cocktail functions and presentations. This exciting new gallery space is located in the undercroft (lower level) of the Cathedral. The Gallery features nine works on rotating loan from the James Wallace Art Trust and was made possible through a generous bequest from the late John Wilson and other donations.  The gallery currently houses works of art by Toss Woollaston, Ian Scott, Michael Browne, Peter Gibson Smith, Eion Stevens, Denys Watkins, Philip Trusttum and Reuben Pillsbury.

Wireless microphones are available and there is a kitchenette adjacent to the gallery.

The Undercroft

Capacity: 100 seated, 200+ standing  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The Cathedral Undercroft is a large, open space underneath the Cathedral Nave. It contains a kitchenette and is used by a variety of groups including Mainly Music. The space is also ideal for larger conferences with the capacity and versatility to hold many tables in various configurations. A large projector screen can be arranged.

The Oaks Room

Capacity: 60 people seated  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The Oaks Room is the Cathedral's largest meeting room and is located underneath the Cathedral. It contains a fixed projector screen and can be used as a meeting room, lecture hall or cinema room. There is also access to the kitchen facilities outside the room by arrangement.

The Friends' Room

Capacity: 20 people seated  |  Cost: On application to the Events and Marketing Manager 

The Friends' Room is located off the Cathedral Nave. It is light and spacious with a large boardroom table and kitchen facilities. This room is perfect for meetings or workshops.

The Precinct

Click below to read the Statement of Intent regarding use of the Cathedral Precinct.

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We have a number of venue options to choose from that may be suitable for your event.  For further information and to book any of our venues, please contact the Cathedral Events and Marketing Manager, who will be happy to help you in organising your event at the Cathedral.


The Cathedral car park has 150 spaces and is accessible from either Parnell Road, behind St Mary's-in-Holy Trinity, or from Brighton Road. Pay for your parking with the pay and display machines at either end of the car park with a paywave-enabled card. Rates for parking are $6 for 4 hours or $10 for all day. Hours for parking are Monday - Sunday 6am - midnight.

For more details on how to find your way to Holy Trinity Cathedral, please click below.


+64 (0)9 303 9500


446 Parnell Road


Auckland 1052

New Zealand


PO Box 37-148


Auckland 1151

New Zealand

Visitors: We are closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Office hours: Mon-Thu 9am-3pm

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