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One of the most beautiful Māori churches in New Zealand.

St Mary's church in Tikitiki serves as a memorial to the Māori men from the East Coast between Paritū (south of Gisborne) and Tarakeha/Torere (east of Ōpōtiki) who fought and died in the First World War.
St Mary's was built in the 1920's at the instigation of Ngati Porou leader Sir Āpirana Ngata. An early example of Ngata's efforts to revive traditional Māori arts and crafts. The church has a Māori architectural design and wonderful carvings and tukutuku (woven panels) inside, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful Māori churches in New Zealand.
This is an active place of worship that is also regarded as one of the icons of the entire East Cape journey.

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Phone: 021 890 645
Address: 1889 Te Araroa Road, State Highway 35
City: Tikitiki


Proximity to town:
21km's north of Ruatoria, 12km's south of Te Araroa along State Highway 35

Free street parking available

Other Charges:
There is no admission fee. However, St. Mary’s Church welcomes donations for its upkeep.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike   


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